With the help of a trained police dog, a routine traffic violation in Huntington Beach led to the discovery of bricks of cocaine with a street value of nearly $1.3 million, authorities said Thursday.
Police stopped a Nissan Sentra on Tuesday for a traffic violation and found the driver and passenger acting nervously. The driver didn’t have a license, according to a news release from Huntington Beach Police Department.
When the driver consented to a search of the car, K-9 “Bohdy” sniffed the Sentra and “alerted to a tire” in the trunk that “obviously did not fit the Nissan,” the release stated.
Inside the tire, officers found 27 kilograms of cocaine packaged in bricks, the release stated. The drugs have a “wholesale value” of $648,000 and an approximate street value of nearly $1.3 million, according to police.
“What a good boy!!!” tweeted Capt. Russ Reinhart, the department’s uniform division commander, in reference to Bohdy.
A 5 1/2-year-old male Belgian Malinois, Bohdy has been with the department for 2 1/2 years, police Lt. Mitchell O’Brien said.
Antonio Tzampop, 44, and Jose Campos, 39, were both booked on suspicion of transportation of a controlled substance.
An investigation was continuing.