Marijuana odor leads deputy to search vehicle
Marijuana odor leads deputy to search vehicle
About 37 grams of marijuana, THC oil and $12,000 in cash were found during a traffic stop of a juvenile Monday night on Michigan Road.

Jefferson County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Wallace said he does not remember a time in which the department seized that much cash at once.

Sheriff’s Deputy Linton Spry stopped the vehicle on Michigan Road near Virginia Avenue around 10:45 p.m. Monday and noted a strong odor of marijuana from the car as he approached.

A release from the sheriff’s department said Spry searched the vehicle, citing the marijuana odor as probable cause, and found the marijuana, THC oil and cash. The release said the money was in varied denominations.

The marijuana was inside packaging marked “CA” and containing a government warning that the product inside was marijuana and that it should only be possessed by persons 21 or older, leading the sheriff’s department to believe the marijuana is from California, where it is legal.

All items found were seized as evidence.

The driver was a 17-year-old male from Hanover and the passenger was Maggie Miller, 19, of Madison.

Law enforcement took the juvenile into custody on charges of dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of THC oil and maintaining a common nuisance.

The news release said Miller was issued a misdemeanor summons to appear in court on a charge of possession of marijuana.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Bennett assisted Spry with the investigation, which is ongoing.