Surprise, $1.2 Million Found in Wall is Drug Money

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    NEW YORK - DECEMBER 3: Dollar bills are seen at the Financial Museum December 3, 2004 in New York City. The dollar, the foundation of international trading, has fallen to record lows in recent months, worrying investors and making America a shopping bargain for Europeans. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    El Paso police have counted nearly $1.2 million in alleged drug money seized from garbage bags, two safes and the wall of a home.

    The owner of the condominium is sought.

    The El Paso Times reported Thursday that an affidavit outlines how much money was confiscated Feb. 5. The cash was discovered by workers trying to fix broken pipes following cold weather.

    Police say some of the money was coated with talcum powder and sealed in plastic bags, in an apparent attempt to deflect drug-sniffing dogs.

    Maintenance workers noticed that the condo appeared to be "not lived in." The affidavit, filed in court Tuesday, describes the home as unfurnished and dusty "as if no one had been there in a long time."