Traffic stop in Pott. County nets $52k and some drugs


October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

(updated 1:13-p.m.)

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 told KJAN News Deputy Brian Miller pulled over a 2012 Chevy Cruze at around 3:20-p.m on westbound Interstate 80.  A free-air search of the vehicle by Miller’s K-9 partner Francisco, later resulted in the recovery of a small amount of marijuana and $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, CA, because her story didn’t pan out. He says the woman told Deputy Miller she was extremely nervous and shaking her hands. She told him that her mother had passed away in Pennsylvania, and she was on her way home. But a citation found in the car which had been issued in Nebraska on Oct. 22nd, indicated the woman was going to visit her brother in Virginia Beach, VA, who was in the Navy. The citation didn’t mention anything about a funeral.

Paschall was arrested on a Possession of Marijuana for Personal Use and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charges. She posted a $1,000 bond on Tuesday, and was released.