$1M in marijuana, $1M in cash seized in Bay Area traffic stop

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a traffic stop for a cellphone violation in Northern California's Castro Valley led to the seizure of 320 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $1 million, and another $1 million in cash.

The East Bay Times reports two men were arrested Saturday after a California Highway Patrol officer tried to pull over a van on Interstate 580. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office says a car cut in front of the patrol vehicle to create a distraction.

Both suspect vehicles then tried to flee but were stopped by officers on city streets.

Offices found about 200 pounds of marijuana in the car. The rest of the pot and the cash were located in storage units connected to the suspects.

Both men face marijuana possession and transport charges.

© 2017 Associated Press


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