Police confiscate $20,000 in suspected drug money

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COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- The federal government is trying to seize more than $20,000 in suspected drug money found stuffed inside a Burger King bag.

Members of the Metropolitan Enforcement Team found the cash Oct. 4 while searching a home in Comstock Park, according to federal court records.

The U.S. Attorney's Office last week filed civil forfeiture action for $22,010 seized from the single-family home located in a subdivision off of Pine Island Drive NE.

Police allege a man living there sold cocaine out of his 2010 Dodge pickup truck and stored cocaine at his home.

During the October search, officers found $2,000 secured with two black rubber bands and stuffed into a coat pocket. The coat was hanging in a bedroom closet where police also found a money-counting machine, court records show.

While searching the master bedroom, $20,010 was found in a Burger King bag hidden in a purse, court records show. The cash, primarily $100 bills, was organized in four separate bundles, each containing four to five smaller bundles of approximately $1,000.

A police dog detected the scent of narcotics on the money, court records show. The couple told police the money was earnings from a restaurant they own in Grand Rapids.

A money bag atop a bedroom dresser contained about $500 in cash and coins which appeared to be restaurant receipts, according to court records.

Officers also seized two Iphones. One contained numerous text messages about money that was owed and the purchase of narcotics, court records show.

Criminal charges have not been filed against the couple.

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