Pasadena police arrested two men after what began as a traffic stop for illegally tinted windows yielded cocaine and more than $20,000 in cash on Monday night, authorities said.
Officers pulled over a car for the tint violation about 10 p.m. in the 3100 block of East Colorado Boulevard, according to Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema.
The passenger had an open container of alcohol, Hettema said. The driver was found to be unlicensed.
A search of the car turned up several small packages of cocaine, along with more than $20,000 in cash, Hettema said. Several additional packages of drugs were found outside the car, where the suspects were believed to have tossed them while being pulled over.
Police learned the men were staying at a nearby hotel in the 2800 block of East Colorado Boulevard and searched their room, finding additional evidence related to drug sales, the lieutenant said.
Rey Aguilera Limon and Jorge Gomez-Perez, both 28 years old, were booked on suspicion of narcotics sales, Hettema said. Their cities of residence were not clear.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Gomez-Perez was released from custody with a citation early Tuesday pending his initial court appearance. Booking records for Limon were not available Tuesday morning.