Seattle resident Carlos Jordan Lopez, 27, remained in Fresno County Jail on Tuesday facing $715,000 bail following a traffic stop the afternoon of Sept. 8 on northbound Interstate 5 near Shields Avenue.
The California Highway Patrol said in a news release that officers seized more than 150 pounds of cocaine and fentanyl-laced pills from a 2013 Toyota Camry driven by Lopez on Friday.
“During the contact, the officer noted several factors that led him to believe the driver was engaged in criminal activity,” authorities said. “A search of the Camry led to the discovery of a large truck tire within the trunk. The tire was extremely heavy and believed to contain narcotics. Officers … recovered approximately 107 pounds of fentanyl-laced pills (485,340 pills) that were disguised as Oxycodone. Officers also located approximately 45 pounds of cocaine. … ”
The CHP estimated the street value of the drugs at $7.3 million.
Following Lopez’s arrest, he was booked into jail and charged with possession of cocaine and fentanyl for sale, and transportation of cocaine and fentanyl across noncontiguous counties.