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, 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.