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Wednesday, Jul 09 2014 04:03 PM

Police seize more than 3 tons of pot after man runs red light

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    By BPD photo

    Bakersfield police stopped a U-Haul at Bernard Street and Wendell Avenue at 5:32 a.m. Wednesday and found 6,732 pounds of marijuana inside wrapped and ready for sale.

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    By BPD photo

    This is the U-Haul truck allegedly stopped by Bakersfield police early Wednesday morning for running a red light. When officers forced their way into the cargo area, they found more than 3 tons of marijuana.

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    By BPD photo

    After Bakersfield police seized more than 3 tons of pot during a traffic stop Wednesday, they stacked it in neat piles. Police estimated the pot's street value at $76.4 million.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A traffic stop in east Bakersfield led to the seizure early Wednesday morning of more than 3 tons of marijuana worth more than $76 million from a U-Haul truck.

Two Bakersfield police officers stopped the U-Haul at the intersection of Bernard Street and Wendell Avenue about 5:30 a.m. when the driver, Daniel Ruiz, 22, allegedly ran a red light.

When talking to Ruiz and his passenger, Jose Alcarez, 24, both of Bakersfield, the officers smelled marijuana and called a police K-9 to the scene. The dog alerted them to the locked cargo area of the truck.

Officers cut the lock off the cargo area and found 6,732 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $76.4 million

Both men were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sales, transportation of marijuana and conspiracy. They were booked into the downtown jail.

Anyone with additional information on the case is asked to call the BPD at 327-7111.

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