Police Seize $32,000 Cash After Chase, Crash and Tasing in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Officers with the Tuscaloosa Police Department and agents of the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force seized nearly $32,000 cash from a suspected drug dealer who fled a traffic stop, crashed his vehicle and was Tased during a struggle with police, according to court documents filed this week.
In a Fruits of Crime Forfeiture complaint made public Wednesday, law enforcement officials said two TPD officers pulled over a vehicle on August 7th after its driver, Bradford Dowyn Turner, violated an unspecified traffic law.
Officers reported a strong smell of marijuana coming from Turner's vehicle, and he allegedly admitted he had some drugs in the car.
When he was asked to step out of the vehicle, Turner allegedly said, "I can't do this," and fled the area, leading to a pursuit through Tuscaloosa that ended when he reportedly crashed "into several vehicles in a private parking lot."
Turner then allegedly led officers on a foot pursuit and fought against them when they caught up with him. He was eventually taken into custody after a TPD officer stunned him with a Taser.
When narcotics agents searched Turner's vehicle, they reportedly discovered "multiple, individually packaged baggies of marijuana" along with the huge amount of cash -- $30,000 was allegedly found in two bundled bricks in a Ziploc bag, and another $1,794 was taken from Turner's person.
According to the complaint, Turner refused to talk about the drugs but said the money was his life's savings from a job as a forklift driver, but was unable to provide any work statements or pay stubs to prove the origin of the cash.
Agents seized the drugs and money, and Turner was charged with first-degree possession of marijuana, attempting to elude law enforcement and resisting arrest.
He was also cited for seven separate traffic violations, including driving without a license, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and more.
At the time of publication, Turner had been released from jail on a combined $12,500 bond.
If a judge agrees with WANTF agents and the district attorney's office that the money seized was gained by illegal drug activity, the cash will be split between the two agencies -- typically 75 percent to WANTF and 25 percent to the DA.