The Red Oak Police Department has filed paperwork to seize more than $12,000 cash found during a recent traffic stop.
Court documents allege the cash was recovered out of a vehicle where marijuana also was located by officers.
The incident occurred June 30, with officer Gary Dollar initiating a traffic stop on a vehicle that did not have a front license plate.
Consent to search was given, with Dollar locating two large rolls of cash in the center console. Court documents indicate officers also located marijuana under the passenger seat and in the glove box and marijuana residue inside a large trash bag in the trunk.
“It appeared that a large amount of marijuana had been transported in the bag,” reads an affidavit of seizure, which notes officers also located a loaded .357 revolver in the trunk.
The vehicle’s driver, David W. Nichols, 18, of Red Oak, was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana and booked into Wayne McCollum Detention Center, at which time a pink baggy containing a white powder was recovered from his person, according to the affidavit.
The powder field-tested positive as heroin, according to the affidavit, which said $12,183 was recovered.
An inventory of the cash indicates $6,800 was recovered from the center console: $5,240 in twenties, $910 in tens and $730 in fives. The cash from Nichols’ wallet totaled $5,303: $3,800 in hundreds, $650 in fifties, $820 in twenties, $20 in tens, $5 in fives and $8 in ones, according to the affidavit.
The Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office will handle the seizure proceeding for the department.
Nichols remains in custody on four charges: possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, prohibited substance in a correctional facility and unlawful carrying of a weapon, with bonds totaling $45,000.