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$211,000+ in cash seized from Abilene mom, 36 lbs of marijuana found in child's bedroom

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - More than $211,000 in cash was seized from an Abilene woman who had 36 pounds of marijuana in her child's bedroom.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Kayla Prentice, 31. She's facing charges related to felony trafficking of THC and marijuana but hasn't been taken into custody. Court documents indicate she may have an underlying medical condition that requires emergency room approval before she can be booked into jail.

The documents state police knocked on the door of Prentice's south Abilene apartment last month to ask her some questions and noticed the smell of burning marijuana. 

Prentice said she had cancer, admitted she had just been smoking marijuana, and agreed to let the officers inside to discuss the situation, according to the documents.

Once they were inside, the documents state Prentice gave them a fake California medical marijuana license and asked if they would leave if she gave them her personal stash.

The officers declined, obtained a search warrant, then seized 7.24 ounces of THC (in various forms such as powder, cream, oil, candy, and pretzels) from the refrigerator and one of the bedrooms, as well as 36 pounds of marijuana from a closet in her elementary school-aged child's bedroom. 

The documents reveal 184 hydrocodone pills were also seized from the residence, and individually packaged marijuana bags, an electronic money counter, a hand-written drug ledger, and packaging material was also found in Prentice's bedroom, along with $150,785 in cash. An additional $4,000 in cash was found in Prentice's wallet. 

While searching the home, the documents state offices learned Prentice had a safe deposit box at a bank in Tuscola.

Investigators were able to confirm she opened the account in August and told bankers she "was in the cannabis industry," according to the documents.

Another $66,250 in cash was found when a search warrant was executed on the safety deposit box.

Prentice's friend, who was at the apartment when officers arrived, was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. 

 


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