Wednesday, April 19, 2006

$500,000 seized from truck trying to enter nuclear power plant

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State police seized more than $500,000 from a truck at the Beaver Valley power plant in Shippingport yesterday.

Two men in a tractor trailer tried to enter the plant around 4:15 p.m. to pick up large tool containers. During a routine inspection, plant security discovered a duffel bag with a large amount of cash.

State police were called, but in the meantime, the truck left. Shippingport police stopped it a mile away on Route 168.

State police arrived and the driver said he didn't know anything about the money or who gave it to him. Police obtained a warrant, opened the duffel bag and found 10 large bundles of cash, totaling $504,230.

The situation drew the support of the state police/FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, according to a release.

The men in the truck weren't named and no charges were listed.