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By BOB WHITE
ELIZABETHTOWN — Travel on Interstate 65 in July proved costly for a pair of Bowling Green men who were stopped twice near Elizabethtown for violations and forced to surrender $90,000 cash to Kentucky State Police.
On Independence Day, driver Troy D. Rich and his passenger, Carl G. Jones, were stopped for speeding.
Three weeks later, the same men were stopped again along the same stretch of I-65 near Elizabethtown for having excessive window tint.
On both occasions, a drug dog searched the car and found what police described as a “very small amount of marijuana.”
The dog also uncovered more than $40,000 cash on the first trip and another $50,000 on the second. Tying it to alleged drug activity, police confiscated the money on both occasions.
The most serious crime the men face is possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor punishable in Kentucky by up to 12 months in a county jail.
Both men posted bonds and were released from the Hardin County Detention Center. They are awaiting court hearings on the misdemeanor and traffic charges.
Bob White can be reached at (270) 505-1750.