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Couple with toddler removed from Nederland plane after 8 lbs of pot, $62K discovered

NEDERLAND — Authorities at Jack Brooks Regional Airport said they confiscated $62,000 in cash and more than eight pounds of marijuana in checked baggage this week.

The discovery occurred at approximately 5:51 a.m. Monday and led to two arrests, police said.

According to the Jefferson Country Sheriff’s Office, TSA reported the drug and cash discovery in a passenger’s checked luggage after detecting something suspicious on the scanner.

The suspects, 41-year-old Nelson Brown of Beaumont and 27-year-old Cynthia Daniels of Fort Worth, along with a toddler, were removed from the plane prior to deputies’ arrival.

Nelson Brown

Police said they fled the terminal on foot with the toddler but were quickly detained near the tax office on Jerry Ware Drive.

Cynthia Daniels

Brown and Daniels were charged with possession of marijuana and booked into the Jefferson County Correctional Facility.

The child was released to family members, police said, adding the investigation is on-going.

Police said more than $60,000 in cash was discovered.