Hemet Man Arrested With $600,000 Worth of Methamphetamine in Car

A Hemet man was arrested after a sheriff’s deputy found about $600,000 worth of methamphetamine inside his vehicle during a traffic stop, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Wednesday.

Oscar Sainz Ponce is seen in this booking photo from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office.

Oscar Sainz Ponce is seen in this booking photo from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

Oscar Sainz Ponce, 50, was arrested after a deputy on patrol pulled him over for a traffic violation in the 100 block of South Westlake Boulevard in Thousand Oaks around 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 2.

During the stop, the deputy learned that Ponce had a warrant out for his arrest out of Orange County for driving on a suspended license.

With Ponce’s consent, the deputy used his K9 partner to search the vehicle. They found 67 pounds of methamphetamine in the trunk ⁠— about 304,000 individual doses ⁠— worth about $600,000, deputies said.

Ponce was arrested and booked at the Ventura County Jail on suspicion of possession for sale of a controlled substance.

He remains in custody with bail set at $50,000.

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