Commerce police confiscated approximately $19,000 Feb. 9 from a South Carolina man who police pulled over on Interstate 85 for driving 87 miles per hour in a 70-mph zone.
Willie Frank Gibson Jr. 51, 104 Gettysburg Street, Greenville, SC, adamantly denied having any marijuana — in spite of the officer being able to smell the drug — but during the course of the traffic stop, the officer noticed Gibson putting something in his mouth, which turned out to be marijuana.
According to the arrest report, Gibson continued to deny the presence of marijuana.
A search turned up a quantity of currency in his left pants pocket and a small amount of marijuana in a jacket pocket, plus a plastic baggie containing marijuana under the seat.
Police asked Gibson how much cash he had. The suspect told police he had about $14,000 or $15,000, first telling them he and his 11-year-old son were headed to Atlanta to watch the Hawks play, after which he planned to buy a $9,500 watch. Later, he said he’d planned to possibly buy a car from an ad on Criagslist. He could not tell police the name of the individual from whom he intended to buy the vehicle.
Police found a backpack in the trunk, which contained multiple bundles of cash, which Gibson said were his “life savings.” He said he earned the money selling cars and refurbishing houses.
The total amount of cash turned out to be $19,000.
“He didn’t know how much cash he had,” a Commerce detective commented when asked about the dollar amount.
When police raised the possibility that Gibson might be heading to Atlanta to buy drugs, Gibson reportedly insisted, “I ain’t buying no drugs with my son, man.”
Police charged Gibson with speeding and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.