Ice-cream truck actually sold meth and marijuana, police say

Long Beach police arrested two men on suspicion of selling methamphetamine and marijuana out of an ice-cream truck in North Long Beach Sunday afternoon, according to authorities.

During an investigation, narcotics detectives discovered the truck was being used as a front for drug sales, according to Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Arantxa Chavarria.

The truck was on Artesia Boulevard near Obispo Avenue around 4 p.m. Sunday when police approached it and found drugs with a street value between $2,000 and $4,000, Chavarria said.

The two men arrested are George Williams, 57, and Monti Ware, 41, according to authorities. Williams was held in lieu of $30,000 on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, police said. Ware was held in lieu of $50,000 bail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a firearm while selling drugs and being an ex-felon in possession of a gun and ammunition, according to police.

Both men are from Long Beach, Chavarria said.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is managing editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram.