Burlington, Vermont - May 5, 2003
Police in Burlington have seized nearly $70,000 cash in connection with a suspected cocaine dealer.
Dannis Hackney of Winooski will appear in court Tuesday for possession of cocaine. Burlington Police found the drugs and over $69,000 in a safe in a Winooski apartment. The amount of cash is about 30 times the average seized in local drug busts.
"Generally, people involved in drug dealing activities amass their proceeds from their drug business, they can't deposit them in banks and write checks, so they hold onto the money until they go to a source city, where the only way of getting drugs is U.S. currency on hand," Detective Shawn Burke of the Burlington Police Department told Channel 3 News.
Investigators were led to Hackney by a tip from his own father, Daryl James. Last week, Winooski Police arrested James for an outstanding bail charge. Last year, James was shot and wounded by two Massachusetts men during a home invasion and robbery. At the time, James said he didn't know why the robbers targeted him, but neighbors said they suspected him of dealing drugs.
Jack Thurston - Channel 3 News