Deputies in Southern California discovered 19 bricks of cocaine that weighed nearly 42 pounds while arresting a suspected small-time drug dealer, authorities said Monday.
Deputies in the city of Grand Terrace responded Friday to reports of drug dealing and detained a man with active warrants, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement Monday. Deputies said the man was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.
While searching the suspect’s car, deputies uncovered a large quantity of suspected fentanyl pills, ammunition and a “Slim Jim” tool used to break into and steal cars, the department said.
Investigators found keys to a second vehicle parked nearby and found about 19 bricks of a white powdery substance suspected to be cocaine and multiple scales indicative of narcotics sales, according to the statement.
The cocaine has an estimated street value of approximately $700,000, officials said.
Authorities identified the suspect as 40-year-old Ulises Solis-Diaz, FOX11 Los Angeles reported.
The suspect could face charges including possession of narcotics for sale. He was being held at the Central Detention Center in lieu of $2,050,000 bail.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.