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Burbank police arrest man suspected of selling marijuana

April 29, 2013

A 24-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of selling marijuana after Burbank police reportedly found the drug, a large amount of cash and several cell phones with incriminating text messages in his car.

Officers stopped the man, Joe Varas, at 12:40 a.m. on Avon Street and Hollywood Way for several traffic violations, said Burbank Police Lt. Eddie Ruiz.

While speaking with the Varas, police reportedly smelled marijuana coming from his car.

During a search of the vehicle, officers reported recovering marijuana, a large amount of cash in small denominations and several cell phones containing text messages regarding the alleged sale of marijuana between Varas and suspected clients.

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Varas was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute and was being held in lieu of $20,560 bail. He is due in court later this week.

-- Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

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