McLennan County Sheriff's Office deputies found 2.6 pounds of marijuana and more than $11,000 in cash during a traffic stop along Interstate 35 early Thursday morning, an arrest affidavit states.

Christopher Dashon Acosta, 28, was arrested after a deputy saw a Dodge Charger traveling south on Interstate 35, near Bellmead, with an expired vehicle registration sticker at about midnight. According to the affidavit, the deputy stopped the vehicle near the Motel 6, 3120 S. I-35, and could smell the odor of marijuana as he approached the car.

"I then had the driver step out of the vehicle and escorted him to the front of my vehicle," the deputy wrote in the affidavit. "I then asked the driver if he had any weapons on him and he stated he had a handgun in the passenger seat. I then detained the driver and asked him when the last time he smoked marijuana and he said he was just (smoking) at a friend's house."

The deputy placed Acosta in the back of his patrol vehicle and started to search the Charger. The affidavit states the deputy found a Glock 19 handgun in the front seat, three bags he believed were filled with marijuana in the back seat and $11,191 in cash.

The total weight of the marijuana was 2 pounds and 9.3 ounces, the affidavit states.

Acosta was arrested on two state jail felony charges of possession of marijuana and money laundering. He was also arrested on a Class A misdemeanor charge of unlawful carry of a weapon.

He was taken to McLennan County Jail early Thursday morning before he posted a $15,000 bond and was released Thursday afternoon.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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