Several dozen bundles of marijuana recovered from oil tanker
The incident began Sunday night when Los Angeles Police Department officers attempted to stop a speeding vehicle near the train tracks around Union Pacific Avenue. The three suspects sped off and got away, prompting officers to set up a perimeter, authorities said.
When the suspects were found, officers noticed an oily substance on their pants. The same gunk was on several bundles of marijuana found in their vehicle.
"So the officers start looking around, and they find an oil tanker," LAPD Det. Gus Villanueva said.
The grease coated the railroad car, which was parked near the tracks around Union Pacific Avenue and Eastman Avenue. As of noon Monday, the Los Angeles Fire Department had recovered 38 additional bundles of marijuana from the tanker.
Villanueva said it was unclear whether the suspects were stashing the drugs in the tanker after the pursuit or if they were recovering a cache stored there.
A dollar value on the marijuana was not available, but police said there were dozens of bundles.
-- Robert Faturechi
Photo: L.A. County and city firefighters confer at the Union Pacific rail yard in the City of Commerce after dozens of bundles of marijuana were found in a tanker. Credit: Christina House / For The Times