February 14, 2016

Traffic stop near Council Bluffs yields drug arrest, $52,000 in cash

A routine traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs Monday, resulted in the arrest of a California woman on drug charges, and the recovery of a significant amount of cash. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said deputy Brian Miller pulled over a 2012 Chevy Cruise at around 3:20 p.m. Monday on I-80 westbound.

He says during a search of the car Miller’s dog Francisco sniffed the car and they found a small amount of marijuana and marijuana cigarettes along with $52,000 in cash, which was seized. The cash was found in a small suitcase and duffel-type bag.

Danker says the deputy became suspicious when questioning 32-year old Robin Paschall, of Mckinleyville, California, because her story didn’t pan out. He says the woman appeared extremely nervous and her hands were shaking.

“She said her mother had passed away in Pennsylvania, and she was coming back from there. But he happened to find a citation from a Nebraska trooper who had stopped her on a stop sign violation on the 22nd, she told him she was going to visit her brother in Virginia Beach who was in the Navy, and didn’t say anything about a grandmother’s funeral,” Danker explained.

Paschall was arrested on possession of marijuana for personal use and possession of drug paraphernalia charges. She posted a $1,000 bond on Tuesday, and was released.

By Ric Hansen, KJAN, Atlantic

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