Traffic Stop Leads to 80 Pound Cocaine Bust

The bust happened Monday when officers stopped a vehicle in the 6900 block of Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach

By Jason Kandel
|  Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014  |  Updated 2:25 PM PDT
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A traffic stop in Long Beach led to the arrest of a man on suspicion of possessing nearly 80 pounds of cocaine and a stolen car, police said.

The bust happened Monday when officers stopped a vehicle in the 6900 block of Atlantic Avenue for a traffic violation. Officers noted the driver seemed unusually nervous and was found to be driving without a license, police said in a statement.

While conducting a search of the vehicle, officers found packaging material, which was consistent with packaging large quantities of narcotics.

"Officers found this to be highly suspicious and believed this may be related to drug sales," police said.

A search of the suspect's home turned up about 79 pounds of cocaine, more than three pounds of methamphetamine, a pistol and ammunition, over $3,000 in cash, and a stolen vehicle, police said.

The cocaine was valued at up to $3.6 million.

The driver was booked into jail on a charge of possession of narcotics for sales, police said.

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