Most likely unbeknown to airline passengers in the vicinity, a California airport was the recent site of a federal drug investigation. Federal agents were apparently staked out at the airport, awaiting a particular plane. They reportedly received word of a bulk shipment of currency, expected on a flight set to travel from California to another state. The situation resulted in serious drug charges, and an indictment is expected in the near future.
Federal authorities claim they seized 80 bricks of cocaine and at least 40 pounds of methamphetamine in the massive drug bust. Homeland Security tipped off federal officers by providing the name of one of the passengers expected to be on the flight. They said this person often flies with large amounts of cash and tells people he's a strip club owner.
It was believed the passenger in question was set to travel from California, with a stop-off in Kentucky, making his way to a final destination in Florida. The aircraft federal investigators were watching was a private plane. At some point, two men were allegedly seen exiting the plane, then loading a suitcase into the trunk of a BMW.
The vehicle was later pulled over in a traffic stop when police claimed the driver ran a stop sign. A K-9 unit was brought in to sniff the vehicle, thus leading to the drug charges. Both men invoked their rights to remain silent during the traffic-stop-turned-criminal arrest. This is a viable defense option for anyone facing drug charges in California or any other state. A defendant can remain silent until appropriate legal representation has been retained.
Source: paducahsun.com, "Agents staked out airport for drug bust", Greg Kocher, April 26, 2017