Bakersfield cops seize $76M worth of marijuana

Bakersfield cops seize $76M worth of marijuana

California police arrested two young men for carrying more than $76 million worth marijuana after they were pulled over for blowing a red light at Bernard St. and Wendall Ave. in Bakersfield, California.

Confirming the seizure huge amount of marijuana, authorities said 22-year-old Daniel Ruiz and 24-year-old Jose Alcarez were carrying the drug stuffed in a U-Haul truck.

The officers got a hint about the drug from its smell, which prompted them to call in a police dog, who led them to the truck's cargo area, where the drug was stuffed.

The cops broke the lock on the truck, and found 252 bales of marijuana drug wrapped in plastic bags, weighing around 6,732 pounds. The police department said that it didn't track all seizures of the drug by quantity, but the most recent seizure was an exceptional amount.

Speaking about the seizure, Sgt. Joe Grubbs of the Bakersfield Police Department said, "It's the largest in recent memory that anybody around here remembers."

Grubbs added that the officers promptly destroyed the drugs.

However, the police department declined to say if the seized marijuana was the work of some drug trafficking group.

The investigation is going on, while the two suspects have been kept in the Kern County Jail on suspicion of possession and transportation of the drug for sale and conspiracy. It could not be ascertained immediately whether the suspects had attorneys.

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