State police seize 5 pounds of heroin during traffic stop in Morgan County

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. (November 6, 2015) – An Indiana State Police trooper seized five pounds of heroin during a traffic stop in Morgan County.

On Thursday, November 5, State Police Trooper Jim Wells conducted a routine traffic stop around 12:30 p.m. on I-70 eastbound.

While speaking with the driver, police say Trooper Wells became suspicious of inconsistencies in the suspect’s story. Police say a K-9 officer investigated the vehicle and notified police that it smelled drugs.

Police found about five pounds of heroin hidden inside a fire extinguisher.

The driver, 56-year-old Jesus Herrera of Fontana, California, was arrested for possession of heroin and dealing heroin, according to police. He was transported to the Morgan County Jail.

As part of Governor Pence’s Drug Enforcement task force, state troopers say they are looking beyond traffic tickets for indicators of criminal and drug activity. The goal, they say, is to stop those utilizing Indiana’s highways for drug trafficking.

Suspected drug activity can be anonymously reported to the State Police tip line at 1-800-453-4756.