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April 17, 2013

Traffic stop of two Mankato men yields $45,000 for Nebraska authorities

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MANKATO —

Opiew and his passenger, 21-year-old James Antoine Moore, were arrested for suspicion of possession of drug money. Moore was also cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Opiew and Moore perform in a Mankato rap group called Yung Ave Boyz.

No charges related to the money were ever filed against the men and they were released, Capt. Benjamin Houchin of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department said Monday. However, the money stayed in Lincoln.

“Both parties claimed no knowledge of the money being in the vehicle, so it could not be returned to them,” Houchin said in an email. “For that reason we have started the forfeiture process.”

A week prior to the April 8 bust, Opiew had pleaded guilty to a felony drug possession charge stemming from an August incident where he sold a small amount of marijuana to an informant. He met the informant in a parking lot on the Minnesota State University campus Aug. 29 before Drug Task Force agents arrested him at the nearby Chipotle Mexican Grill. About 2 ounces of marijuana and $1,870 were found in his vehicle, according to that criminal complaint.

Opiew had been charged with selling marijuana, but that charge was dismissed in a plea agreement Feb. 11. The sentence April 1 said the drug possession charge also would be dismissed if Opiew successfully completes the requirements of his five-year probation agreement.

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