Details for SEIZURE / WHITEHEAD / MING

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: TEN THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED FORTY-ONE DOLLARS IN U.S. CURRENCY. Conduct giving such rise to said seizure was as follows: The facts of the case are as follows: on the 25th day of July, 2019 a Chevy Malibu was stopped on I-75 for failure to maintain lane, an obstructed tag, and window tint violation. Whitehead was the driver. Once stopped, Deputy Munger approached the vehicle and smelled marijuana as he observed the passenger Ming texting on his phone. Ming appeared very nervous in that Deputy Munger could see his heart beating through his shirt. Whitehead and Ming gave different stories as to the purpose of their trip. Whitehead said there was no marijuana or illegal drugs in the vehicle and no large amounts of U.S. currency. A drug dog did a free air sniff of the vehicle and it gave a positive alert. Marijuana residue was found and there was a strong smell of burnt marijuana. Passenger Ming was searched due to several bulges in his pants which were consistent with U.S. currency. Several bundles were found, which were similar to those found in narcotics transactions. Ming said there was Nine Thousand dollars ($9,000.00) and that it was lottery money. He said his mom gave him the currency when he just got out of prison. Whitehead denied any ownership and knowledge of the currency. Ming's mother, Evon Ming, was contacted via phone. She inquired about why her son was stopped and about the currency before she was told about the purpose of the call, so it was clear someone informed her of the same. Evon Ming said she won the money from the Mega Millions lottery and it was a total of One Hundred Thousand ($100,000.00) When asked to provide nore detailed information Ming refused, but did say the money was given to her by the bank in and envelope. The Deputy thought this was odd because this is not the way the currency was found, and it was in small denominations of Five Dollars($5), Ten Dollars ($10), Twenty Dollars ($20) with no Fifty dollar bills and Seventeen One Hundred Dollar bills. Evon Ming gave a second story that she came into the money years ago. Mr. Ming's criminal history includes convictions for methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. Claimants who may have an interest in said property are Markevius Jonqual Ming and Louella D. Whitehead. Said property was used in violation of O.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 O.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 918-611647, 8/28,9/4

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