LAKE CITY, SC (WBTW) – Lake City Police seized over $145,000 in cash from a suspected drug dealer during a traffic stop around midnight Monday night.

According to the release from Lake City Police Chief Kipp Coker, police stopped the car on West Main street and Brown Street for a traffic violation. The officer conducting the traffic stop smelled a strong odor of marijuana and asked the driver to exit the car so investigators could search the vehicle.

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Officers say they found a brown box containing over $145,000 in cash, along with a heat sealer machine with marijuana residue inside the machine. The press release says officials later discovered the driver dealt drugs in the Hemingway area.

K-9 Ruin also was deployed on the box containing the cash and alerted for narcotic odor present.

Department of Homeland Security responded and has taken the case.