Three Illinois residents were arrested Friday on a charge of dealing heroin
after the Indiana State Police said that a trooper found a large quantity of
the stuff in their vehicle following a traffic stop on I-65 in Newton
Charged with dealing heroin were Atanacio Martinez-Castro, 35, and Margarita
Rivera, 36, both of Chicago; and Leida Sanchez, 23, of Cicero, police said.
According to police, at 6:20 p.m. a trooper with the ISP’s Drug Enforcement
Section stopped a 2000 Chevrolet Venture minivan in the southbound lanes of
I-65 at the 232 mile marker, near the Demotte/Roselawn exit.
Senior Trooper Fred Trammel and his K-9 partner, Rykr, were dispatched to
the scene after the minivan’s three occupants “appeared nervous,” police
said, and a “hidden compartment” was subsequently discovered in the
vehicle’s rear floor area.
Recovered, police said: 3.75 pounds of heroin with an estimated street value
Martinez-Castro, Rivera, and Sanchez were transported to Newton County Jail
and were being held on a $60,000 bond.
Dealing heroin is a Class A felony punishable by a term of 20 to 50 years.