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Thief Steals $145,000 in Cash from Marijuana Money Courier

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By Associated Press

(AP) — A man stole $145,000 in cash from a marijuana money courier’s unmarked van at a Southern California gas station after the driver collected the money from several dispensaries, authorities said Friday.

Because the U.S. government still outlaws marijuana, even in legal states like California, it is mostly an all-cash business because of federal banking laws.

Santa Ana police released surveillance footage from the gas station and asked for the public’s help to identify the suspect.

After the courier had walked into the gas station, the thief smashed the van’s passenger window with an object and grabbed two satchels full of cash from the center console area, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

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