A routine traffic stop in Cambridge landed a Boston man in trouble Monday, police said, after they found a pound of marijuana and more than $1,000 cash.
The suspect, Thomas Stoner, 31, of Boston, was arrested on a charge of possession with intent to distribute a Class D substance, subsequent offense.
Officer Brendan Pasco stopped the car on Massachusetts Avenue around 5 p.m. and immediately detected the scent of “unburnt marijuana” coming from the vehicle, Pasco wrote in a report. After he asked the two occupants if they had marijuana in the car, Christopher D. Jackson, 30, of Mattapan, the driver, handed the officer a roach, or cigarette butt, from his ashtray, the report said.
Pasco and another officer went to the rear of the car, waiting for information on the license. They saw the men making “sudden movements,” the report said. Pasco, who said he feared for his safety, ordered Jackson and Stoner to exit the car so it could be searched.
The officer discovered a black bag containing what Pasco suspected to be marijuana. Also seized was $1,280 in cash from Stoner.
Stoner was released on $3,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Cambridge District Court. Jackson, arrested on a charge of operating with a suspended license, had his case dismissed after payment of court costs.