Guernsey County sheriff’s deputies seized more than $21,000 and an undisclosed amount of suspected marijuana during two unrelated traffic stops Tuesday in the Cambridge area.
The cash and two plastic bags containing marijuana were recovered from a vehicle stopped on East Wheeling Avenue at 3:56 p.m. while marijuana was also recovered from a vehicle stopped at 4:06 p.m. on McPherson Avenue near Manila Road west of the city.
Charges were reportedly pending against two individuals as of press time Wednesday.
According to reports, a deputy observed a black Kia traveling on East Wheeling Avenue without a valid license plate. The numbers and letters on a temporary tag in the rear window were no longer visible.
A traffic stop was conducted and upon approaching the vehicle, the deputy reported an odor of marijuana was detected coming from the inside when the driver rolled the window down. When the deputy inquired about the odor, the male passenger, a 27-year-old male resident of Mansfield, told the deputy multiple times, “yeah, I smoked. I smoked” referring to the marijuana.
The deputy also reported a large sum of money was visible in plain sight inside the vehicle.
Neither the driver, a 38-year-old resident of Cambridge, nor the male passenger had a valid license. They were both removed from the vehicle while a probable cause search was conducted due to the marijuana odor and the visible cash.
Deputies reported finding $16,700 and $2,990 in cash in the center console and an additional $2,125 in the passenger door pocket for a total of $21,815.
Deputies said the driver told them the money was from a tax return, but later confessed it belonged to the passenger. She then told deputies she had been dating the man for three years but didn’t know where he worked, and she believed there was approximately $4,000 in the vehicle.
Deputies also reported finding a marijuana blunt inside the vehicle.
During questioning, the male passenger reportedly confessed to having two plastic bags containing marijuana concealed inside his pants.
When asked if he hid the suspected drug when the deputy was behind the Kia, he advised no and that he normally keeps his marijuana in his pants. He later told deputies he had purchased the marijuana for $200 from an individual in the Kimbolton area.
The male was transported to the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office for questioning. He was initially detained on a felony investigation hold, but was later released.
The driver was released at the scene and ordered not to move the vehicle without a valid driver.
The second traffic stop occurred on McPherson Avenue and deputies reported finding a plastic container with suspected marijuana inside.
The reason for the stop Tuesday afternoon was not available as of press time.
A 35-year-old male passenger was released at the scene while the driver, a 45-year-old Pleasant City resident, was detained due to the marijuana discovery. The driver was released from custody after being questioned at the sheriff’s office.
The driver was administered field sobriety tests by the State Highway Patrol after she reportedly admitted to smoking marijuana before driving.