California deputies uncover over 40 pounds of cocaine while investigating suspected drug dealer

Cocaine seized in Grand Terrace, California, estimated to be worth $700,000

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Deputies in Southern California discovered 19 bricks of cocaine that weighed nearly 42 pounds while arresting a suspected small-time drug dealer, authorities said Monday.

Deputies in the city of Grand Terrace responded Friday to reports of drug dealing and detained a man with active warrants, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a statement Monday. Deputies said the man was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia.

While searching the suspect’s car, deputies uncovered a large quantity of suspected fentanyl pills, ammunition and a "Slim Jim" tool used to break into and steal cars, the department said.

Investigators found keys to a second vehicle parked nearby and found about 19 bricks of a white powdery substance suspected to be cocaine and multiple scales indicative of narcotics sales, according to the statement.

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Deputies said the nearly 42 pounds of cocaine had an estimated worth of about $700,000.

Deputies said the nearly 42 pounds of cocaine had an estimated worth of about $700,000. (San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department )

The cocaine has an estimated street value of approximately $700,000, officials said.

Authorities identified the suspect as 40-year-old Ulises Solis-Diaz, FOX11 Los Angeles reported.

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The suspect could face charges including possession of narcotics for sale. He was being held at the Central Detention Center in lieu of $2,050,000 bail.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.