A traffic stop on Highway 99 leads to an arrest after police found a large amount of cocaine hidden inside cereal boxes.
According to the California Highway Patrol, an officer pulled over Jose Cardenas, 45, Modesto on Thursday on Highway 99 and Le Grand Road for having an illegal tint on his 2012 Toyota Camry.
Public Information Officer Eric Zuniga said the officer had probable cause to search the car, that is when he spotted the cereal boxes on the floor in the backseat of the car.
“Once he pulled out the cereal boxes, obviously, they were a little heavier than an actual cereal box which is pretty ingenious, if you think about it, to put them in a cereal box, once they opened the cereal boxes they found 3 kilos of cocaine,“ Zuniga said.
Zuniga said CHP officers are not only looking for speeders but also drug traffickers.
“It’s going up and down the 99 and the I-5, it’s constantly out there, it’s just this time, yesterday, we got lucky, we got three kilos,“ he said.
According to CHP, The average price of a kilogram of cocaine is $28,000. Broken down and sold per gram, each cereal box would be worth $40,000.