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Publish Date: 5/15/2005

Kids must wait longer for $80K


Today, two Boulder families would be divvying up approximately $80,000.

They did not win the lottery or hit a stock market jackpot. Rather, their children on Valentine’s Day found a duffel bag stuffed with $20, $50 and $100 bills in a vacant lot near the intersection of 76th Street and Fairview Road east of Boulder.

It’s finders keepers after a 90-day waiting period, according to Boulder County Sheriff’s Office policy.

But not in this case.

In a press release issued Friday, Lt. Phil West said new information turned up last week and may tie the money to an illegal drug deal investigated two or three years ago.

A drug dog sniffed traces of illegal drugs on the cash. That would not be surprising, given the large amount of cash in the bag, West said. But officials still believe the money represents drug deal proceeds, so it will stay put in the county’s custody until sheriff’s detectives exhaust fresh leads.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is analyzing physical evidence from the bag to help investigators wrap up the case.

West called giving information about the families awaiting the outcome “unwise and unsafe” given the money’s history.

When the families surrendered the bag, sheriff’s detectives figured it had been in plain view to passers-by for about nine months.

Pam Mellskog can be reached at 303-684-5224, or by e-mail at pmellskog@times-call.com.

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