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Speeding stop nets pot, $20K

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A Tennessee man faces felony drug charges in Davison County after he was allegedly found with marijuana and a bag containing $20,000.

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James Smith, 43, of Memphis, Tenn., was stopped for speeding Oct. 10 in a construction zone on Interstate 90. When South Dakota State Highway Patrol Trooper Levi Jensen talked with occupants of the vehicle, he allegedly smelled marijuana inside the vehicle.

Jensen cuffed Smith, searched him and found a large bundle of U.S. currency in his left front pants pocket. Jensen also reported finding about 2.5 ounces of marijuana inside a coffee can, several packages of rolling paper and a small paste-like substance on wax paper Smith identified as Hashish — a resin that can be extracted from the cannabis plant.

In the trunk of the vehicle, Jensen allegedly found a brown bag that contained about $20,000, which was wrapped in the same bands used on the bundle of cash Jensen found in Smith’s pocket. Jensen also allegedly found a suitcase in the trunk containing several bands used to wrap the money, and ledgers detailing different types of marijuana.

Smith is charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of 1 ounce of marijuana but less than 1 pound with the intent to distribute. Each charge carries a maximum of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both. He is also charged with possession of 2 ounces but less than a half-pound of marijuana, which carries a maximum of two years in prison, a $4,000 fine or both.

He is also charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

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