A traffic stop in east Bakersfield led to the seizure early Wednesday morning of more than 3 tons of marijuana worth more than $76 million from a U-Haul truck.
Two Bakersfield police officers stopped the U-Haul at the intersection of Bernard Street and Wendell Avenue about 5:30 a.m. when the driver, Daniel Ruiz, 22, allegedly ran a red light.
When talking to Ruiz and his passenger, Jose Alcarez, 24, both of Bakersfield, the officers smelled marijuana and called a police K-9 to the scene. The dog alerted them to the locked cargo area of the truck.
Officers cut the lock off the cargo area and found 6,732 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $76.4 million
Both men were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sales, transportation of marijuana and conspiracy. They were booked into the downtown jail.
Anyone with additional information on the case is asked to call the BPD at 327-7111.