On June 15, 2009, members of the CIP Troop-A (Team A-1) initiated a traffic stop on a 2001 Chevrolet truck traveling on Interstate-10 for a traffic violation. As Trooper Cory Harrison approached the vehicle he observed numerous indicators of criminal activity including a slight odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the vehicle. Trooper Carlos Sisk arrived on scene with K-9 Cesar and deployed him for an exterior sniff of the vehicle. K-9 Cesar alerted to the vehicle for the presence of illegal narcotics. Trooper Harrison obtained consent to search the male occupant. During the search two heat sealed black taped packages of U.S. Currency were located, one in each of the boots the subject was wearing. Troopers Brandon Eldridge and Chris Ellis arrived on the scene to assist with the investigation. The subject also had additional currency in his front pants pocket.
A search of the vehicle revealed additional currency concealed between the front driver and passenger seat. A suitcase was located in the vehicle that had a strong odor of marijuana and marijuana shavings. It appeared that the suitcase had contained a large quantity of marijuana prior to the traffic stop. In the subjects wallet a small amount of marijuana was also located. The currency was placed in a line up. Trooper Ellis utilized K-9 Axel to conduct a cursory search of the lineup. K-9 Axel did alert to bag containing the currency for the presence of the odor of illegal narcotics. DEA responded and seized $25,024 in currency. Trooper Harrison arrested the subject for possession of Marijuana under 20 grams and he was delivered to the Jackson County Jail.