Police In Newport Beach Bust 2 Northern California Men With 21 Pounds Of Pot

NEWPORT BEACH (CBS)  — Officials in Newport Beach announced Wednesday the arrest of two Northern California men who were busted with 21 pounds of marijuana found during a traffic stop.

Humboldt County residents Michael John Meinhardt, 52, of Bridgeville,and David Fontaine, 48, of Hydesville, were arrested after police pulled over a black Ford Explorer driven by the older suspect, Newport Beach police Sgt. Steve Burdette said.

The 2:20 a.m. traffic stop involved an alleged vehicle code violation.

Newport Beach police Officer David Stark, who pulled the SUV over, noticed a strong odor of marijuana and found a box containing 38 large plastic bags filled with a total of 20.7 pounds of marijuana.

The wholesale street value of the stash is about $60,000, Burdette said.

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