Police discovered 27 kilos of cocaine with a street value of $1.3 million during a traffic stop in Huntington Beach, officials said.
Two men were arrested in connection with the Tuesday caper that began when a Huntington Beach police officer stopped a black Nissan Sentra near Edinger Avenue and Countess Drive for a traffic violation, said Lt. Mitchell O’Brien, a department spokesman, in a press release.
"The driver was found to be unlicensed and both he and his passenger were acting unusually nervous under the circumstances," police said.
A police dog was called out to search the car and found a tire wedged in the trunk of the Nissan with "bricks” of cocaine hidden inside, police said.
The driver and passenger were booked into jail on a charge of transportation of a controlled substance, officials said.
The suspects were identified as Antonio Tzampop, 44; and Jose Campos, 39, both from Panorama City, police said.