Skip to comments.Sterling Hall bomber Armstrong arrested after $800,000 cash found in vehicle
Posted on 05/27/2012 10:55:28 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
Convicted Sterling Hall bomber Karl Armstrong was arrested last week in Chicago after state troopers found more than $800,000 cash in heat-sealed bags stashed inside of a motor home that Armstrong was driving, according to a document filed Monday in court.
That arrest Thursday led to a search on Saturday by the state Division of Criminal Investigation of a town of Madison trailer home where Armstrong lives for evidence of marijuana trafficking, according to a search warrant filed in Dane County Circuit Court.
Neither Wisconsin nor Illinois authorities found marijuana in Armstrong's trailer or motor home.
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Leo Burt - the only one not apprehended and prosecuted, needs to be found and given an effective life sentence.
Armstrong, 65, was one of three men arrested for their roles in the Aug. 24, 1970, bombing that targeted the Army Math Research Center in Sterling Hall on the UW-Madison campus as a protest of Vietnam War. A fourth man wanted in the case, Leo Burt, has never been found. Researcher Robert Fassnacht was killed in the blast. Armstrong was sentenced to 23 years in prison, but his term was later reduced, and he was released in January 1980 after serving seven years.
Democrat Slush money for the Walker Recall, perhaps?
did they pull over the motor home because there was $800k in it? how did they know?
what was the probable cause that led to the search?
was it that he was a convicted bomber, now out of prison legally? if so, then that is no cause to search the mobile home.
the claim of drug trafficking came after finding the money. no drugs were found, yet they were able to look for more money. convenient.
sounds an awful lot like legalized plundering of an individuals wealth to me
Wow, murdered a man and only served 7 years of a 23 year sentence?
From the article:
According to the warrant:
Armstrong’s motor home was stopped around 5:50 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 90 at the Fullerton Interchange. Trooper Jose Alvarez noticed that Armstrong seemed nervous and that his hand was shaking as he handed over his driver’s license.
After writing Armstrong a warning for a traffic violation, he asked whether Armstrong had any drugs, guns or large amounts of cash, and Armstrong answered no. Alvarez asked if he could search the motor home, and Armstrong said no.
Armstrong agreed to wait for a police dog to be sent to the scene, but while waiting for the dog Armstrong approached Alvarez and said he had changed his mind and agreed to the search.
Inspecting a bed in the motor home, Alvarez noticed a plywood plank with scratched and tool-marked screws and removed the screws and plank. He found two duffel bags, a brown paper bag and a black cooler pouch. Each contained heat-sealed bags of cash, which was later found to total about $815,000. Investigators who processed the money said it smelled strongly of cannabis.
Armstrong was arrested but denied knowing anything about the money, only that he had $4,000 in traveling money and was returning home to Madison.
Sterling Hall bomber (era 1970s) arrested on suspicion of money laundering; marijuana distribution
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The guy gets stopped for a driving violation. He knows he has $800k in the vehicle. He eventually lets the cop search it, maybe hoping the guy is stupid. He’s not, and he finds the cash. They arrest Armstrong and say the money smells like weed.
What was the crime? Having a lot of smelly money? There certainly is more to this story than was reported.
A traffic stop isn’t always just a traffic stop. Could be he was under surveillance prior to the stop and the police already knew he was carrying the cash. Had he not granted consent the dog would have detected marijuana smelling cash right away.
but why was the vehicle stopped in the first place?
i’m guessing they don’t want the rabble to know they can detect large sums of money (in excess of $1000) at 20 yards
The article said “traffic violation”.
Hello comrade, can I have your papers please....
The “justice” system is severely broken, vigilantism has its place and will result someday.
I roomed at a fraternity house about one-half mile from where the bomb went off. I was in bed sleeping and the blast was so loud and frightening I jumped up and fell out of bed to the floor. Several of us followed the sound of sirens to about a block away where the police line stopped non emergency people. You could see the building was badly damaged and windows were broken for several blocks around it.
This blast sobered up most of the anti-war crowd in Mad City and demonstrations lessened.
So those metallic strips in the new bills might be RFIDs?
Bad move. Now they can charge him with lying to an officer and make the whole search and seizure legal. The only words spoken to a cop should be "I decline to make a statement, officer" or something to that effect. There's a very educational video on Youtube on that topic.
At twenty yards? ... How about FROM ORBIT or at least from a drone in the air.
the strips aren’t RFIDs by themselves ... but a mass of them, in a stack, make a block that could act as one
in the drones? definitely more likely then the satellites... but the 20 yard spec comes from traffic light sensor requirements