Nearly 100 pounds of meth found during traffic stop, Long Beach police say

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.

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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Jason Ruiz covers City Hall and politics for the Long Beach Post.