W.Va. officials try to keep dead fugitive’s $167,000 cash, property

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A fugitive from Northern West Virginia who allegedly kept running for years, his flight ending only with a fatal car crash, reportedly left behind $167,000 in cash, two guns, a motorcycle, an ATV and utility trailers.

That’s what the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department and Mon-Metro Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force alleges it seized on Feb. 8, 2013, from Andrew Michael Watt’s residence after asserting probable cause to believe he was distributing marijuana in the area.

Now, with Watt having died at age 39 in a March 26 automobile crash in Pinole, Contra Costa County, California, the government is seeking a civil forfeiture of the items seized about 2 1/2 years ago. The filing by a Mon-Metro/Drug Enforcement Administration deputized officer asserts the forfeiture would be appropriate “because it represents things of value furnished in exchange for controlled substances, or facilitated transactions involving controlled substances.”

The affidavit the agent filed in support gives an alleged timeline for the investigation into Watt, his run from the law, and his eventual demise…

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