Huntington Beach police seized a large amount of cocaine Tuesday with a street value of more than $1 million, authorities said.
Officers arrested and booked Panorama City residents Antonio Tzampop, 44, and Jose Campos, 39, in Huntington Beach City Jail on suspicion of transportation of a controlled substance, according to a press statement.
Police found 27 kilograms of cocaine packaged in bricks with a wholesale value of $648,000 and a street value of about $1.3 million inside the vehicle the suspects were traveling in.
Authorities pulled over a black Nissan Sentra near the intersection of Edinger Avenue and Countess Drive for a traffic violation. Police discovered that Tzampop, the driver of the vehicle, was unlicensed and that he and the passenger were acting "unusually nervous," the statement said.
Police gained consent to search the vehicle and with the help of a K-9 officer and his dog, Bohdy, found a large tire in the trunk of the Sentra that did not fit the car.
Bohdy, who specializes in narcotic detection, inspected the vehicle and alerted authorities to the tire, where the cocaine was concealed.
— Anthony Clark Carpio