TEXAS: TRAFFIC STOP UNCOVERS DRUGS + UNEXPLAINED $10,000 CASH, driver charged with narcotics possession + money laundering
Arrest photo of Michael Curtis Obrien
A 24-year-old San Angelo man was arrested earlier this month on charges of money laundering and drug possession after Texas State Troopers found narcotics and thousands of dollars in cash in the trunk of his car, according to an arrest affidavit.
On the evening of July 5, 2019, troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety pulled over a 2006 Lincoln passenger car after it was observed following too closely to another vehicle on US Highway 87, records state.
Troopers noted the driver displayed “multiple criminal stress indicators” during the traffic stop and then denied a request for troopers to search the vehicle, records state.
A K-9 unit arrived at the scene and sniffed the exterior of the vehicle, and K-9 officer ‘Loko’ alerted troopers to possible contraband.
During a probable-cause search, troopers found 16 E-cigarette cartridges containing THC oil, a bag of loose marijuana weighing approximately 0.3 ounces, and two large bundles of cash in the vehicle’s trunk, according to the arrest affidavit.
Troopers arrested and brought the man to the DPS office in San Angelo where he was interviewed by DPS Special Agent Alan Dykstra. After being read his Miranda warnings, the man allegedly admitted to selling the THC oil, and that he was driving to Houston to purchase 5 pounds of hydroponic marijuana with the cash in his trunk.
The money was counted and determined to be approximately $10,000 in cash, records state.
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