Details for NOTICE OF SEIZURE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY

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NOTICE OF SEIZURE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 9-16-1 et. seq., any party claiming an interest in the following property is hereby notified that the following property was seized by the undersigned agency in Butts County, Georgia: NINETY TWO THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS IN U. S. CURRENCY. Conduct giving such rise to said seizure was as follows: on the 19th day of January, 2021, a vehicle driven by Fang Hou with Keith Sahara as a passenger was stopped on 1-75 in Butts County for following too close, failure to maintain lane, and an erratic lane change. The officer, Marcus Moultrie, smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Hou was questioned generally to determine if he was safe to drive. Both the driver and passenger appeared nervous beyond that of an average person. Hou said he had not smoked marijuana in the vehicle after hesitating. Consent was given by both individuals. A drug sniffing K-9 alerted on the vehicle. Both were asked if there were any valuables or money in the vehicle. Sahara responded yes regarding the money, but said he didn't know how much. Sahara then agreed there was something like $50,000.00. In a suitcase in the rear of the vehicle were 5 vacuum sealed bags of U. S. currency. 2 bags had writing 18ga and 9ga on them. The bundles within these bags appeared to be about $1,000.00 each. After the currency was found, Sahara claimed it multiple times but did not know how much was there. Sahara then said $70,000.00. Sahara said he won the currency as a professional poker player, but could not said where at. Sahara said he flew into Atlanta with about $30,000.00 and won the rest. Sahara said the last time he filed/paid taxes was 1992 and was unemployed and could not recall the last time he had a job. Sahara said he know he could not prove where the money came from as it was from illegal gambling at illegal venues. Hou signed a document saying the currency was not his and he did not know where it came from. The currency was packaged in a manner consistent with drug dealing. Cell phones were located and later searched as allowed by a search warrant. The phone showed numerous transactions for various strains of high grade marijuana. A trained drug dog alerted on the currency. Claimants who may have an interest in said property are Keith Wayne Sahara and Fang Hou. Said property was used in violation of 0.C.G.A. § 9-16-1 et. seq., and 16-13-49 et. seq. in that the item(s) was/were used to facilitate the possession, sale, and distribution of controlled substances and/or marijuana and/or are proceeds derived or realized therefrom and that said item was used directly or indirectly used or intended for use in any manner to facilitate a violation of 0.C.G.A. Title 16, or of the laws of the United States or of any State relating to marijuana/controlled substance which is punishable by imprisonment of more than one year, and or said property was found in close proximity to controlled substances and/or marijuana. You are further notified that you may file a claim within thirty days of the second publication of this notice of seizure by sending a claim to the seizing law enforcement agency and to the District Attorney by certified mail, return receipt requested. James Moss, Assistant District Attorney Towaliga Judicial Circuit State Bar No. 526574 918-28317, 3/3,10,2021

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