Police find stash and cash in car from Colorado

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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During a routine traffic stop in Rhome Saturday, officers discovered a bag of marijuana and a large amount of cash in a vehicle traveling from Colorado to Houston.

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HEAVY TOLL – Rhome police officers Brody Brown (left) and Robert Gillock initiated a routine traffic stop on a sport utility vehicle from Colorado early Saturday morning. Inside the vehicle they found a small amount of marijuana and more than $33,000 in cash that was seized. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

“We initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle out of Colorado with no license place light,” said Rhome police officer Brody Brown.

The officer detected the odor of marijuana wafting out of the Chevy Tahoe and then found 1/4-ounce, which is a misdemeanor. He also found $33,500 bundled up inside the glove box.

Three Hispanic males in their 20s were all arrested for possession and transported to Wise County Jail. A fourth suspect, a female, was not charged.

“Because of the large amount of money, we believe they are involved in a drug-dealing operation,” Brown said.

The police didn’t release the names of the suspects due to the ongoing investigation. The money has been seized. Boyd Police Department and Wise County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the stop.

Although it has not been verified, police think the suspects were possibly planning to smuggle a substantial amount of marijuana into or out of Colorado. The state recently decriminalized cannabis, and last Wednesday licensed shops started legally selling it for recreational use to those 21 and older. Those with a Colorado ID can purchase 1 ounce at a time, while those from other states can only purchase 1/4 ounce.

Authorities in neighboring states fear that more high-quality marijuana might start flowing out of Colorado due to the change in local law, while proponents of decriminalizing it hope the sale and use of it recreationally will be legalized in other states.

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