MERCED, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Approximately $272,000 was found inside a coffee maker box after an enforcement stop in Merced, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP says it conducted an enforcement stop on a 2019 Ford Explorer for a violation of speeding just before 5:30 p.m. on July 9.
According to the Highway Patrol, the officer detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and noticed several factors leading him to believe the man was engaged in criminal activity.
CHP K-9 Officer Beny was asked to conduct an exterior sniff of the vehicle and gave a positive alert to the odor of drugs. A search of the vehicle revealed raw marijuana, and several partially smoked marijuana cigarettes, according to authorities.
The driver was arrested and a charge of the health and safety code is pending.