Federal prosecutors have moved to forfeit nearly $80,000 seized in April from a Greenfield man at the Downtown Amtrak station as he was headed to Oregon.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating Jeffrey Morgan, 33, according to a civil filing Tuesday in U.S. District Court, on suspicion of dealing in narcotics.
Acting on information from the DEA in Albuquerque, N.M., agents in Pittsburgh intercepted Mr. Morgan at the Amtrak station on April 16 and searched his duffel bag with his consent. Inside they found a shoebox filled with $79,000 in cash wrapped in rubber bands and money bands and covered with tissue.
A drug dog alerted agents to the presence of drug residue on the money, according to the complaint.
Mr. Morgan has not been charged but filed an administrative claim for his money. The U.S. attorney filed a response Tuesday, saying the money is subject to forfeiture as the proceeds of drug dealing. Such filings are often the first public indication that someone is under federal investigation.