Police: Burnsville traffic stop turns up marijuana, large amount of cash

Police say a traffic stop prompted by an expired vehicle registration led to the discovery of more than a third of a pound of marijuana and thousands of dollars in cash.

Dymoul Chhoun, 22, of Burnsville, was charged Feb. 4 with two felonies – sale and possession of marijuana – in connection with the incident.

The criminal complaint gives the following account:

A Burnsville patrol officer pulled the vehicle over at McAndrews Road and Burnhaven Drive the night of Oct. 19, 2012, after running a check on the vehicle and learning its registration had expired. As the officer approached, he smelled the “strong odor of fresh marijuana,” the complaint said, and the driver admitted there was marijuana in the vehicle.

The officer had the three occupants – including Dymoul, who was a passenger in the back seat – step out of the vehicle, and a subsequent search turned up a small amount of marijuana  in the center console, as well as two backpacks containing a much larger amount of the drug in the rear passenger area.

Inside the backpacks were seven small bags containing 165.45 grams, or about 6 ounces, of marijuana, according to the complaint.

Police found $7,260 cash on Chhoun, who admitted the marijuana was his and also admitted selling marijuana to the driver of the vehicle, the complaint said.

If convicted, Chhoun faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each felony count.