Federal authorities are seeking to keep $21,302 seized from a reputed drug dealer who died in an odd accident in Floyd County.
The case started May 25 when Renee Brown told state police her boyfriend, Carl Stacy, had punched and choked her, according to a sworn statement from Randolph Copley, an FBI special agent.
Stacy drove to a garage before troopers arrived. When police went there to look for him, they found him dead in his Ford F-150 pickup, which was running and in gear, according to the statement.
Stacy had backed into a drilling rig and died as a result of a broken neck, Copley said.
Police found $21,302 in cash in Stacy's pockets, as well as marijuana and more than 300 prescription pills in the truck, along with baggies and a set of scales.
Brown told police she and Stacy received food stamps and disability payments, but that he also sold drugs. Brown said she did not sell drugs, according to Copley's statement.
The U.S. Attorney's Office filed a motion Tuesday arguing the money resulted from drug trafficking and asking a judge to forfeit the cash to the government.