Broken Bow Police Officers seized drugs, paraphernalia and more than $100,000 in cash late Monday night after apprehending two men for leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident.
Police Chief Steve Scott said the two men were en route to California by plane when inclement weather conditions forced them to land at the Broken Bow Airport Sunday night. The men borrowed an airport courtesy car and stayed at a local motel.
“It appears that their flight plan was round-trip from California to Chicago and they were on their way back to California when they landed in Broken Bow,” Scott said.
At about 11:40 p.m. Monday night, Officer Dalen Wood was dispatched to the scene of a hit-and-run accident near the America’s Best Value Inn on East South E Street (Highway 2), where a vehicle later identified as the airport’s courtesy car had been stopped in the lane of traffic. Another vehicle pulled up behind the car and started to go around it. At that time the courtesy car switched lanes, hit the other vehicle and fled the scene.
Officer Wood located the vehicle fitting the description of the courtesy car and made contact with the two occupants who were trying to walk away from the vehicle toward the motel. This led to the arrest of the driver, 24-year-old Alexander J. Drummond of Chicago, Ill., for Driving Under the Influence, Reckless Driving and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident.
During an interview, Drummond admitted to having marijuana in his motel room. Officer Wood, assisted by Sgt. Ryan Anderson, conducted a search of the motel room and found less than an ounce of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of U.S. Currency Bills. Drummond was unable to produce any documentation for the large amount of cash.
Officer Wood then interviewed the other man involved, Ryan H. Maroney, 24, of Napa, Calif., who said he was the pilot of a plane that was located at the Broken Bow Municipal Airport. Maroney gave consent to a search of the plane.
Inside the plane’s cargo compartment, the officers located a large duffle bag. When officers opened the bag, they found another large stash of U.S. Currency Bills.
BBPD’s Police Service Dog Buddy gave a positive alert and indication of the odor of drugs inside the bag.
Chief Scott said that total cash seized is more than $100,000, and that neither Drummond nor Maroney laid claim to the money.
Drummond was booked into Custer County Jail early Tuesday morning. Besides his arrest charges, he was also cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has since bonded out of jail and both men have left town.
“We’ve got the Feds from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration involved to take the seized cash,” Scott said. “If everything goes well, they will do a forfeiture on the money and the Broken Bow Police Department could get a large percentage of that money back.”