This just in: A deputy with the Cleveland County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office pulled over and searched a tractor trailer truck that was driving erratically on I 85. Nothing new there, but wait! The truck was carrying barrels marked as containing raw pork shoulders and, the deputy, being from Western North Carolina, searched the barrels and found lots of raw pork shoulders and $3 million dollars in cash.
Interesting question: If an Eastern North Carolina deputy had pulled the truck over, would he have let it go and waited for a truck carrying whole hogs?
Details of the arrest are sketchy — here’s an early windsor castle report. The truck is believed to have been in transit to Mexico, and the money to be the fruits of drug sales. Being a recovering lawyer, I immediately wondered about the probable cause for the search, but it appears that the Sheriff’s office is working with the Department of Justice, and they may have had the necessary information for a warrant.
It looks as if law enforcement will seize and, ultimately share the cash, but I’m worried about the fate of the pork shoulders. I trust that the Sheriff will try to send them to Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge right there in Cleveland County — there’s no better place to send a pork shoulder — but I’m concerned that the Justice Department bureaucracy will tie things up with red tape. I feel confident, though, that if the Sheriff takes the Justice folks to lunch at Red Bridges, they’ll see the light.
I commend the deputy for his enterprise and honesty. A truckload of pork shoulders is a sore temptation, and $3 million in cash also would be welcome. Hats off to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office.
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