A simple traffic violation resulted in the confiscation of a large amount of cash and the arrest of two people who are suspected of being involved in the drug trade.

The stop occurred Friday at approximately 9 a.m., when a Richfield City Police Officer pulled over a vehicle for running two stop signs near Pahvant Elementary School in Richfield. 

When the officer approached the vehicle, he detected the odor of marijuana, said Det. Jason Haywood, Richfield City Police Department. 

Police arrested Michael Chism, 36, Greenland, Arkansas, after finding eight large bundles of cash in the car.

“He couldn’t explain why he had it,” Haywood said. 

Chism was booked into Sevier County Jail for money laundering, obstruction of justice, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to stop at a stop sign and driving under the influence of drugs. His bail was set at $50,000.

“The case is still under investigation,” Haywood said. 

A passenger in the vehicle, Dorinda Bruce, 50, Fayetteville, Arkansas, was also booked into jail on charges of possession of marijuana and paraphernalia with a $1,360 bond.

“We have asked our officers to really watch the school zones,” said Richfield City Police Chief Trent Lloyd. “This was a case of an officer just working hard and finding something.”

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