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North Phoenix Traffic Stop Leads Cops to Drugs, Guns, Cash Galore

Carrying around $14,000 in cash is a bit suspicious. Throw a few guns, brass knuckles, knives, burglary tools, marijuana, meth, and heroin into the mix, and cops are definitely going to ask questions, which they did of a Phoenix man yesterday.

Mark Anthony Kukawski racked up six felony charges during a traffic stop Monday morning after cops pulled him over and found the aforementioned items in his vehicle.

Police say Mark Anthony Kukawski, 25, was pulled over near North Cave Creek and East Deer Valley roads in Phoenix about 12:30 a.m. Monday, and was found to be driving on a suspended license.

Before they impounded his ride, police found a 20-guage shotgun and a .40-caliber pistol in Kukawski's car, as well as some meth in the center console.

That's when police arrested Kukawski, and while searching him, found over $14,000 in cash in his pockets.

The cops weren't done -- they continued their search of Kukawski's car, whereupon they discovered "jiggler keys" used to pick locks, a few scales, a meth pipe, brass knuckles, multiple knives, and shotgun shells.

Kukawski admitted to police to possessing marijuana, meth, and heroin, as well as to selling the drugs.

Six felony charges now await Kukawski, including transporting and/or selling a dangerous drug, transporting and/or selling a narcotic drug, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a weapon in a drug offense, and buying or using a master key.

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Matthew Hendley
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