Long Beach police recently seized almost 100 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop of a driver whose car was missing its front license plate and had a tinted windshield, authorities said.
Police said that 43-year-old Robert Morales, of Long Beach, was pulled over near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and South Street around 12:40 p.m. Wednesday for the vehicle code violation.
After discovering Morales was driving on a suspended license, officers notified him that the car would be towed, police said.
Yesterday, a traffic stop for failure to have a front license plate led to the discovery and seizure of a large quantity of meth being transported in the vehicle. 🚔 Great proactive work by @LBPDNorth patrol officers led to taking dangerous drugs off our streets. #LBPDSafety pic.twitter.com/3JPJVqAV4F
— Long Beach PD (CA) (@LBPD) February 18, 2021
Authorities said it was during an inventory search of the car that a police dog alerted officers to the narcotics in the vehicle. After discovering dozens of individually wrapped packages of meth, officers arrested Morales, police said. Police estimated that the street value is around $350,000.
He is being held on suspicion of felony transportation of a controlled substance and his bail was set at $2 million, according to the LBPD. Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.
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