CALIFORNIAN HELD IN NEBRASKA ON US DRUG CHARGE

Posted 6 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

Ryan Perich_Mug ShotLINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — 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.

Court records say Ryan Perich, of Woodbridge, Calif., was arrested last week after he’d been pulled over for a traffic violation on Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska’s Lancaster County.

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.

Perich’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press.