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$11,000 seized in early morning traffic arrest

WARRENTON, Ga. -- More than $11,400 in cash has been seized by Warren County authorities following the arrest of a North Augusta, S.C., man on a speeding charge.

Deputy Joey Akers stopped Toine Lamar Daniels, of the 300 block of Pine Butts Lane, last Friday, Feb. 5, at 4:30 a.m. after a traffic stop on Interstate 20 near mile marker 154, according to a report filed about the incident.

Mr. Daniels, who was charged with speeding, told Deputy Akers that he was en route to Atlanta to speak with his attorney and officials with the district attorney's office to discuss a pending legal matter.

The deputy later discovered that the matter pertained to Mr. Daniels' previously having been charged with being in the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The deputy later was granted consent to search Mr. Daniels' 1996 Mercedes Benz. While checking Mr. Daniels for possible weapons, Deputy Akers discovered the cash -- $11,000 of it reportedly to give to Mr. Daniels' attorney.

Deputy Akers explained to Mr. Daniels that the money -- $11,492 in assorted bills -- was being seized for investigative purposes and would be turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Deputy Akers said his K-9 partner, Brixta, "gave a positive alert on the box containing the currency."

Web posted on Thursday, February 11, 2010

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