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Traffic stop leads officer to more than a ton of marijuana

July 13, 2011 | 10:51 pm

A Torrance police  officer stopped a vehicle in the city of Los Angeles and found more than a ton of marijuana, authorities said Wednesday.

Eight people were arrested in the case, including two from the Mexican state of Sinaloa, known as the center of drug trafficking in Mexico, according to a Torrance police report.

The officer stopped a vehicle Friday near West Adams and Hauser boulevards in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles. A police dog alerted the officer to drugs in the car. Officers searched the vehicle and discovered more than 2,600 pounds of marijuana, authorities said.

The department did not disclose what connection the eight suspects had to the vehicle or why the officer made a traffic stop so far from the city of Torrance.

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