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Police Seize 40,000 Pounds of Drugs -- Mostly Weed -- in San Bernardino County
If you're driving an 18-wheeler with $45 million worth of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, it's best not to make a traffic violation. But that's what happened Wednesday when San Bernardino Sheriff's Deputies pulled over a tractor-trailer on the 10 Freeway. Once pulled over, deputies found that paperwork for the truck's load was out of order. The driver, 32-year-old Fernando Luevano of Fontana, then gave them consent to search the vehicle.
An overwhelming smell of marijuana led the police to find 92 pallets with thousands of heat sealed packages of illegal narcotics. Specifically, there was 2,750 pounds of cocaine, 67 pounds of methamphetamine and 38,000 pounds of marijuana.
“This was a brazen transportation of 40,000 pounds of drugs, more than 18 tons of drugs that could have ended up in neighborhoods throughout California,” said Timothy J. Landrum, a DEA Special Agent in Charge. “This seizure will have a direct impact on the availability of these dangerous drugs in our communities.”
San Bernardino Sheriff Rod Hoops said it was one of the largest seizures in the county he's ever seen.
Luevano was scheduled for arraignment on Friday. His bail is set at $5,000,000.