Prosecutor: Bundy had $8,000 cash when arrested
PORTLAND, Ore. —
A prosecutor says Ammon Bundy had more than $8,000 in his jacket at the time of his arrest.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Gabriel told the court Tuesday the cash indicates Bundy planned to continue occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for a long time. Gabriel said the Idaho resident also had a withdrawal slip for $6,000 from a bank he visited in that state the day before his arrest.
In addition to the cash, a receipt found in his wallet revealed he purchased hundreds of dollars' worth of ammunition and rifle scopes from a Bi-Mart in Idaho, days before the occupation at the wildlife refuge.
Bundy was arrested Jan. 26 during a traffic stop as he and other occupation leaders were traveling to a community meeting north of the refuge.
During transport to jail by van, Harney County Sheriff's Sgt. Lucas McLain said he heard Bundy talking on a cellphone. When he flipped on the van's dome lights, he saw Bundy talking on an iPhone he cradled between his ear and shoulder.
McLain told the court another deputy performed a cursory search prior to loading Bundy and others in the van.
He and six others are on trial in Portland, accused of conspiring to prevent federal workers from doing their jobs at the refuge.
Ecologist Jess Wenick told the court the occupation hampered his ability to perform his job. He said historical documents, and documents discussing the Hammonds, which were kept in his office, were missing when he returned to the refuge mid-February.
"It looked like a technological sweatshop," Wenick said, referring to his colleague's office. "There was chewing tobacco spit on the wall."
Wenick said he saw Bundy and LaVoy Finicum remove barb-wire fencing that is owned by U.S. Fish & Wildlife in multiple news reports. The fence served as a barrier between privately owned land and the refuge.
He estimated occupiers removed about 100-feet of fencing, using government owned trucks and machinery.
Wenick said the owners of the privately owned land rebuilt the fence after they found out that it was removed.