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Arcadia police seize 8,000 Ecstasy pills, arrest two in traffic stop

May 12, 2011 | 12:11 pm

A traffic stop by Arcadia police has led to the arrest of an 18-year-old man and a young passenger in possession of about 8,000 Ecstasy pills, authorities said.

Johnny V. Pham, the driver of the vehicle, and a juvenile passenger were pulled over on Golden West Avenue by police shortly after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday for failing to brake at a stop sign, authorities said. During the stop, officers spotted what appeared to be a large zip-lock bag containing a large quantity of pills lying on the floorboard of the vehicle.

Pham, of Rosemead, and his passenger were booked on suspicion of felony possession for sale and transportation of a controlled substance. The pills were discovered in eight separate large zip-lock bags, containing approximately 1,000 pills per bag. The total estimated street value of the pills is about $80,000.

A search of the vehicle uncovered another seven large bags in the trunk, which also appeared to be Ecstasy pills, authorities said.

Pham was later released after posting a $100,000 bond. The juvenile was released on citation to a parent.

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