LINCOLN -- Officials say a 29-year-old California man has been arrested in Nebraska after more than $934,000 in suspected drug money was found inside a vehicle he was driving. Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner says Ryan Perich, of Woodbridge, Calif., was arrested last week after he'd been pulled over for a traffic violation on Interstate 80 along the western edge of Lincoln. An affidavit by Homeland Security agent Mark Lee says officers found the money inside vacuum-sealed bags in the vehicle after Perich gave permission for a search. State charges were dropped after federal authorities stepped in. Perich is held on a charge of interstate travel in aid of racketeering enterprises. Lee says he thinks Perich is a money courier for California-based marijuana traffickers.
Ryan Perich (Courtesy of Lancaster County Sheriff's Office)
(BELOW: About $934,000 in cash recovered from the traffic stop. Courtesy of LSO)