An Oakland man was transporting more than $1 million worth of marijuana when he was taken into custody, police say.
At 9:42 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Sean Bayard pulled over a silver Dodge Caravan near Seventh and J streets for failing to stop at a stop sign, police said.
The officer reportedly detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle while speaking with the driver, 53-year-old David Nguyen. The driver said he had a small amount of marijuana inside the minivan.
A search of the vehicle turned up about 180 one-pound bags of marijuana, which has a street value of $1.2 million, according to law enforcement. Police said $1,000 in cash also was confiscated.
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Police said that while they were investigating, they learned the drugs were being transported to a location in the Bay Area.
The Los Banos Police Department contacted the Merced Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force to take over the case.
Nguyen was arrested on suspicion of possessing and transporting illegal drugs. He is being held at the Los Banos Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
"This was a substantial seizure, and it's satisfying to know these drugs will never end up on the street. Officer Bayard did a great job," Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr. said.
Los Banos Enterprise reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209) 388-6563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.