$469,302 Seized in Crack Cocaine Raid

Cash, guns seized in South Dallas drug bust

By Scott Gordon
|  Thursday, Nov 1, 2012  |  Updated 5:23 PM CDT
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$469,302 Seized in Crack Cocaine Raid

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According to a federal court complaint seeking to forfeit the property, the cash was found "under a mattress, in a safe, in cabinets, in a bread box in the kitchen and loose on a kitchen counter next to crack cocaine."

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Police found $469,302 stuffed under a mattress and in a bread box in the South Dallas house of a person accused dealing crack cocaine, according to a just-filed court document.

A Dallas police SWAT team searched the house in the 7500 block of Saddleridge Drive in August after an investigation revealed the man renting the house was involved in selling drugs.

News of the bust was not previously released.

Lawrence Knox Jr., 42, was arrested and is now an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Seagoville.

According to a federal court complaint seeking to forfeit the property, the cash was found "under a mattress, in a safe, in cabinets, in a bread box in the kitchen and loose on a kitchen counter next to crack cocaine."

Police also seized a more than 1,000 grams of crack cocaine, a 2004 Land Rover, an assault rifle, two handguns, three flat-screen televisions, five couches and other assorted furniture.

The investigation began in July when police found a large amount of crack during a traffic stop along Interstate 20 in Nolan County, the court document said. The Texas Department of Public Safety and Dallas police raided the home the following month after searching the trash discarded outside and finding evidence of cocaine.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has now taken over the investigation, the document said.

Knox has drug arrests dating to 1990, the document said. At the time of his arrest in August, he was still on supervised release after serving a 16-year prison term.

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