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How Much Freeway Cash Has Been Turned In?

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It's the stuff you thought you'd only see in movies, but it happened right here in San Diego, and we got a bird's eye view of suspects throwing money on local freeways during a chase Thursday.

New video released by San Diego Police Department shows a birds eye view of what many saw first hand along the 805 northbound. A combination of 10's, 20's, 50's and 100's scattered across the interstate for miles and backed up traffic as drivers saw the cash as their own personal stimulus package.

In fact, it's evidence in the case against the two male suspects in the truck as it raced through rush hour traffic.

Even News 8 Photojournalist Joe Wiedemann warned those grabbing money to get out of the way of oncoming cars, and SDPD on scene encouraged folks to hand the money over.

While hitting speeds close to 90 miles per hour, the SDPD helicopter crew believes the suspects tossed at least ten bundles of money out the window during the whole ordeal. News 8 captured video of at least four bundles thrown from the passenger side window of the truck.

There is a word of warning tonight from the DEA to those who picked up money. When you stopped to pick up all that cash flying around on the interstate, the other drivers around you whipped out their cell phones and started taking pictures of your license plate and you picking up the cash. Some even shot video, and they've sent it all to the DEA.

The DEA won't confirm any specific information about the money, other than they will collect and handle it within DEA guidelines. There are some reports that over $17,000 was collected so far.

According to a DEA spokesperson, they could have a final tally of the money recovered by Monday, but may not release that due to the ongoing investigation.


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