Deputies Find 29 Pounds of Methamphetamine During Routine Traffic Stop in South Whittier

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What started as an ordinary vehicle stop for a traffic violation in South Whittier led deputies to discover 29 pounds of methamphetamine and arrest the driver on Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Deputies seized 29 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested a man following a routine traffic stop in South Whittier on March 1, 2019. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)
Deputies seized 29 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested a man following a routine traffic stop in South Whittier on March 1, 2019. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

Deputies pulled over a car about 2:30 p.m. in the 10700 block of Carmenita Road, near Florence Avenue, in the unincorporated county area of South Whittier, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Jorge Marchena said.

They soon discovered 29 bundles in the passenger compartment of the car, each containing about a pound of methamphetamine, officials said.

The driver, a man in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales, according to Marchena. His identity was withheld Saturday pending further investigation.

Depending on factors such as the potency of the drug, the bust had an estimated street value ranging from $100,000 to $600,000, officials said.

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