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Criminal Complaint Filed in Freeway Chase

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New information tonight from that wild chase on our freeways where cash was flying out the window of a pickup last Thursday.  It did turn out to be the end of an undercover drug operation, according to a criminal complaint filed late Monday. 

The complaint says the men seen fleeing from officers in that black Ford were part of a conspiracy to purchase large shipments of marijuana and then distribute the pot to dealers across the country.

The complaint  talks of a building in the 3000 block of India street as the hub of the drug operation where large amounts of marijuana were packed, stored and distributed.

A traffic stop in National City, back in December lead to more than $30,000 dollars being confiscated by police and raised suspicion of a large drug dealing operation.  The Drug Enforcement Agency picked up the trail from there and developed its case.

The court documents indicate an undercover agent set up a deal to sell 500 pounds of marijuana for $225,000 in cash.  It was on the day of that deal and during that transaction that police moved in and the Ford took off.

The complaint says the men threw wads of cash out the window of the speeding pickup at least 20 times during the chase, leading to drivers stopping on the freeway and scrambling for cash.

The DEA says at this point, agents have only recovered about $40,000, leaving them $185,000 short.

The DEA wants that money back and says it's looking through video and pictures captured by tv crews and on cell phones, to figure out who grabbed the money.   The DEA says it will track those people down.

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