Cops Nab Minivan Stuffed With 100 Pounds Of Weed

Suspects apparently relied on the mommy-mobile for its removable seats and storage capacity, as opposed to its edgy look and high-speed get-away capabilities.

09/30/2015 01:01 pm ET | Updated Oct 01, 2015

Authorities in California say a routine traffic stop turned into a major drug bust this week when they found more than 100 pounds of marijuana stuffed inside a minivan.

According to, a Sutter County sheriff's deputy was on routine patrol early Tuesday morning, when a grey minivan sped through a stop sign in Pleasant Grove. The officer pursued the vehicle and when it stopped, three men ran into a nearby rice field.

The minivan, the officer quickly discovered, was reportedly loaded floor to ceiling with more than 100 pounds of marijuana plants, which amounts to about 40 pounds of dried product, with an estimated street value of up to $80,000, police said.

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A minivan full of marijuana is seen after three suspects fled after being pulled over by a police officer in Pleasant Grove, California.

Additional sheriff's deputies, as well as a helicopter from the California Highway Patrol, were dispatched to the scene.

Authorities captured 22-year-old Tony Le and 23-year-old Sergio Sanchez-Paz. The men, both residents of Sacramento, were booked into Sutter County Jail for suspicion of transport of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale, reported.

According to, the third suspect, who has not been identified, remains at large.

This story has been updated to include information about how much marijuana was found in the van.

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