Nearly 7,000 Pounds of Marijuana Recovered

Nearly 7,000 Pounds of Marijuana Recovered

Press Release:

For Immediate Release July 9, 2014

On July 9, 2014, at 5:32 am, Bakersfield Police Officers Jessica Amos and Travis
Brewer stopped a U-Haul van at the intersection of Bernard St. and Wendell Av. in east
Bakersfield after the driver of the van, Daniel Ruiz, 22, of Bakersfield, ran a red light.
When officers contacted Ruiz and the passenger, Jose Alcarez, 24, of Bakersfield, they
smelled the odor of what they believed to be marijuana. A Bakersfield police canine,
trained in the detection of narcotics, was called to the scene. The canine alerted to the
enclosed and locked cargo area of the van. Officers cut the lock off of the cargo area
and discovered 6,732 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated street value of

Ruiz and Alcarez were arrested for Possession of Marijuana for Sales, Transportation of
Marijuana and conspiracy. They were booked into the Kern County Jail.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police
Department at (661) 327-7111.

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