Troopers seize $800,000 worth of heroin during Madison County traffic stop

Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol filed felony drug charges against a California man after more than four pounds of heroin valued at approximately $800,000 were seized in a traffic stop in Madison County, the patrol announced Thursday.

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Estaban Contreras, 20, of Oxnard, California was arrested and charged with possession of heroin, a first-degree felony, after the contraband was revealed in a Sept. 28 traffic stop.

Troopers stopped Contreras, who was driving a Kia Forte, for failing to signal during a lane change on Interstate 70.

Criminal indicators were observed and a patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle, prompting a probable cause search.

If convicted, Contreras could face up to 11 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine, according to a media release.

Last year, troopers removed 163 pounds of heroin from Ohio roadways.

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