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$500k Seized at Nuke Plant, Suspects Released

Holy cow!
Two workers looking for tools set off a security situation at a Beaver County nuclear power plant that drew a response from police and federal investigators, WTAE Channel 4's Paul Van Osdol reported.

State police said the men drove up to the Beaver Valley Power Station in a tractor-trailer on Tuesday night to pick up two large containers of tools for a contractor for whom they worked.

Security guards stopped the men for a routine inspection, but they drove away, police said.

The guards became suspicious and called police, who pulled the truck over about a mile from the plant.

A state trooper got a warrant to search the vehicle and found a duffel bag, which he said contained $504,230 in mostly small bills.

The driver denied knowing anything about the money or who gave it to him, so the trooper seized it, police said.

A spokesman for the FBI confirmed that the Joint Terrorism Task Force responded to the situation in conjunction with state police, but he said they don't think terrorism is involved. He would not give any other details.

The men, who are from Houston, said they picked up the bag in Chicago and had no knowledge of its contents, according to police.

Investigators think the cash may have a drug connection. A police dog picked up the scent of drugs in the sleeper cab of the truck where the bag was found, police said.

Both men were detained and later released. No charges have been filed.
Two suspects, one tractor-trailer at a nuclear power plant in PA, and $500k in small bills tinged with drugs and the FBI let's them go after they play dumb?!!

BTW, though not detailed in the story above, the news clip says the men drove off leaving both the tools AND the cash behind! I can understand the cash, if they claim they didn't know it was there. But, why would they leave without what they said they were coming for?!!

Also, the truck with the cash in it had locks that didn't work and the reporters were detained by the FBI for taking pictures of the plant, even though the suspects were released.

This screams cover-up.


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