Officers arrest men with child pornography, $70,000 cash at Portland Amtrak station
PORTLAND, Ore. – Two men are behind bars after officers found roughly $70,000 in cash and digital storage devices containing child porn inside their luggage last Tuesday.
Fong Lee was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on child pornography and money laundering charges. His cousin, Ying Moua, also faces a felony money laundering charge.
Undercover officers first contacted the men as they got off an Amtrak train in Portland. Both Lee and Moua consented to bag searches, where officers found two vacuum-sealed bags of $35,000 and several external hard drives, SD cards, and USB drives.
During an interview, Lee admitted he was bringing the cash to California to buy marijuana that he would then take back to Montana to sell.
Lee said all of the electronics were his, and when pressed about whether they contained pornography depicting young children, police said he replied, “yeah. I’m not going to lie to you. They do.”
He claims that he didn’t make any of the estimated 1,000 image and video files, but rather downloaded them using a peer-to-peer file sharing site.
In a police interview, Lee stated he knew having the images was illegal. When he was told he was being arrested for transportation and possession of child pornography he said “it doesn’t matter.”
Federal investigators confirmed that the devices contained some images that were already identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.