SOUTH PASADENA — Police arrested a bicyclist early Thursday after he was found carrying 23 pounds of pot, authorities said.
Marco Solis, 53, of San Gabriel was booked on suspicion of possessing and transporting marijuana for sales, South Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. He was already on felony probation for a previous drug conviction.
Cpl. Jason Lucas was working a burglary suppression patrol about 2:30 a.m. in the 300 block of Monterey Road when he spotted Solis riding a bicycle and stopped him for not having a headlight or rear reflector, officials said.
“A further investigation by Corporal Lucas and assisting officers revealed 23 pounds of marijuana hidden inside an Igloo water cooler the suspect was carrying while riding his bike,” according to the police statement.
Officials estimated the street value of the marijuana at about $23,000.
According to county booking records, Solis was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the South Pasadena Police Department’s jail pending a court appearance.