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Indiana State Police seize 100K in heroin in traffic stop

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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 County.

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 of $100,000.

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.


Posted 6/12/2012