Brownwood police arrested a man after two people were seen leaving a “high drug trafficking area,” police said.

Joseph Thornton, 24, of Brownwood remained in the Brown County Jail Thursday on a charge of possession of marijuana over 2 ounces, under 4 ounces, jail records state.

Narcotics detective Bruce Spruill told officer Brandon Arnold by phone around 7:30 p.m. Monday that two men — one on foot, one on a bicycle — were leaving the vicinity of Bailey, Arnold’s report states.

The men got into a vehicle, which drove onto Austin and parked outside the Skinny’s store at 206 W. Austin.

Arnold and officer Dustin Bode questioned the occupants and asked for consent to search them. “I’ll save you the time. I have a big bag of weed in my pocket,” Arnold’s report quoted one of the passengers as saying.

In other incidents:

Gas drive-offs occurred at the Corner Stop, 1201 Austin ($43 worth) and at Taylor’s Chevron, 528 W. Commerce ($21 worth). A woman attempted to cash a $500 check at Ace Cash Express, but the check was learned to be counterfeit. The woman told police she had four other checks. She said she had received them in the mail after receiving an e-mail from an Internet job site offering free money from Malaysia. Two men tried to break into a pickup parked in the 100 block of Center. Another man confronted them and they ran away. Someone took a purse with a digital camera, a cell phone, a wallet and $40 cash from a vehicle parked in the 2800 block of Good Shepherd.