CHINO ( — A routine traffic stop in Chino led officers to nearly 70 pounds of methamphetamine valued at an estimated $1.5 million, police officials said Monday.

Police officers patrolling the east side of Chino stopped a gold Toyota minivan Friday in the 6300 block of Riverside Drive for an equipment violation, Chino police spokeswoman Monica Gutierrez said.

During the stop, officers were given permission to search the vehicle. A police canine assisting in the search alerted officers, who found the several bags of methamphetamine, Gutierrez said.

The driver, 34-year-old Alejandro Ramirez of San Bernardino, was charged with possession for sales of a controlled substance and transportation of a controlled substance. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance in the case Tuesday.