There is no law stating that Kentucky residents cannot have a large amount of cash in their homes. However, if police were to search a home and claim to find evidence of criminal activity, they might wind up confiscating money they have found if they suspect it was acquired through criminal means. This appears to be the case following a recent search where investigators say they seized hundreds of thousands of dollars in suspicion of drug crimes.
Investigators say they found illegal drugs, cash and firearms
A person is protected against unlawful searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In most cases, police must show proof of a validly authorized search warrant before entering someone’s home to conduct a search. In this particular case, investigators say they were searching a man’s residence when they discovered pills that they believe were filled with fentanyl, an illegal drug that is stronger than heroin.
Police also say that the street value of the alleged drugs that were seized is close to $99,000. Investigators also claim to have discovered more than $90,000 in cash, as well as several firearms and items that they believe are associated with illegal drug distribution. A 53-year-old man in the house was arrested when the search concluded.
Criminal charges have been filed
The man who was taken into police custody is now facing multiple criminal charges, including felony possession of a firearm, drug trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia. Since penalties under conviction of a drug crime in Kentucky can be quite severe, most defendants seek support from an experienced criminal defense attorney before heading to court. Such an attorney can review events that occurred leading up to, during and following an arrest, then determine a best course of action for a specific case.