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Routine CHP Traffic Stop Leads to Major Narcotics Bust

MONTEREY COUNTY (CBS SF) – California Highway Patrol officers initiate an enforcement stop on a suspected DUI driver Thursday, but were surprised when they uncovered 48 pounds of methamphetamine.

Early Thursday morning, at approximately 1:30 am, CHP officers conducted an enforcement stop on a car traveling northbound on US-101 south of Chualar. After the driver, a 44-year-old Pomona man, was contacted by authorities, he was subsequently arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Upon further investigation, officers found what appeared to be methamphetamine on the driver's person. During a search of his car, several vacuum sealed packages containing methamphetamine were located throughout the vehicle.

The Multi-Agency Detail for Combating Auto Theft (MADCAT) assisted CHP Monterey officers with the investigation, which resulted in the seizure of additional narcotics located at a residence. The total street value of the seizure is estimated at approximately $180,000.

The 44-year-old driver from Pomona was booked into the Monterey County Jail and charged with driving under the influence, possession of methamphetamine for sale, and transporting methamphetamine with the intent of sale.

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