CHP officers seize $10.5 million worth of cocaine & fentanyl in Merced County following traffic stop

Their biggest ever seizure according to this report

The California Highway Patrol is touting its largest drug bust in Merced County history.

At 1 p.m. Friday, a CHP K-9 officer pulled over a 2014 Kia Soul for a traffic violation on Interstate 5 near the Santa Nella Scales.

During the stop, the officer noted several suspicious factors and called in his K-9 partner, Luna.

The dog gave a positive alert on the smell of narcotics and as officers prepared to search the Kia, the driver ran into a nearby orchard.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Department and CHP Central Division Air Operations Unit joined in a search for the driver but he was not found.

However, he was identified by evidence retrieved from within the Kia.

735,000 fentanyl-laced pills, 133 pounds of methamphetamine and 37 pounds of cocaine were seized from the vehicle, an estimated $10.5 million worth of drugs.

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