Alabama State Troopers seized 17 pounds of marijuana and more than $21,000 cash during a traffic stop in Tuscaloosa last weekend, according to court documents obtained by the Thread.

In a criminal deposition as well as a civil suit authorizing the seizure of the drugs and money, Troopers said the bust began when a highway patrolman saw an SUV driving a little over 90 miles per hour on Interstate 20 in Tuscaloosa.

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The speed limit there is 70, so the Trooper pulled the vehicle over and reportedly smelled marijuana inside, which led to a search. Police say they discovered 17 pounds of marijuana inside a bag and $21,280 cash.

The driver, a 21-year-old Michigan woman named Kaprese Rae Sharp, was arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana - a class A felony - and cited for speeding. She was reportedly in the process of delivering drugs from Michigan to two other states and was passing through Alabama with the cash from the first stop and the weed for the second.

Police also seized the cash, the drugs and the Chevrolet Equinox Sharp was reportedly driving.

Sharp has since been released on a $200,000 bond and her mugshot was not publicly available Wednesday.

For more exclusive coverage of crime and court news in west Alabama, stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread.

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