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.
“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.