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Glendale Police Find $325,000 Worth of Cocaine in Vehicle’s Trunk; Bloomington Man Arrested

A 40-year-old Bloomington man was arrested on suspicion of possessing 13 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of $325,000 after he consented to a search of his vehicle, Glendale police said Wednesday.

Nelson Rodriguez, 40, of Bloomington is shown in a booking photo released by the Glendale Police Department on June 13, 2018.

Nelson Rodriguez, 40, of Bloomington is shown in a booking photo released by the Glendale Police Department on June 13, 2018.

Nelson Rodriguez was arrested after Glendale police officers conducted an investigative stop around 3:30 p.m. Sunday on York Boulevard in Eagle Rock, said Tahnee Lightfoot, a Glendale police spokeswoman.

Rodriguez did not have a driver’s license and claimed he had lost it, according to the Glendale Police Department.

He consented to a vehicle search and authorities found a black duffel bag in the trunk with the cocaine, according to the Police Department, which released a photo of the 13 bricks.

Thirteen kilograms of cocaine worth $325,000 are shown in a photo released by the Glendale Police Department on June 10, 2018.

Thirteen kilograms of cocaine worth $325,000 are shown in a photo released by the Glendale Police Department on June 10, 2018.

A Mexican passport was also found in Rodriguez’s name in the glove box, which contained $1,400 in cash, authorities said.

No information was provided on why the stop was conducted.

Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs for sale and transportation of a controlled substance.

Glendale detectives believe the drugs are tied to an organization in operation between Southern California and the central U.S.

The case remains under investigation.