BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Daniel Ruiz, 22, and Jose Alcarez, 24, were in court today and both entered a plea of no contest for selling and furnishing marijuana.
They both had the charge of possessing marijuana for sale dismissed.
Around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 9, Bakersfield police officers Jessica Amos and Travis Brewer stopped a U-Haul van at the intersection of Bernard Street and Wendell Avenue in east Bakersfield after the driver of the van ran a red light.
After police stopped the U-Haul they said they smelled the odor of what they believed was marijuana. A Bakersfield police canine was called to the scene.
The canine alerted the officers to the enclosed and locked cargo area of the van. Officers cut the lock and discovered 6,732 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated street value of $76, 408, 200.
Police arrested Ruiz and Alcarez of Bakersfield for possession of marijuana for sales, transportation of marijuana and conspiracy. They were booked into the Kern County Jail.
Both suspects first pleaded not guilty in court on Friday, July 11.
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