St. Tammany Parish deputies located $1.5 million worth of heroin Saturday afternoon (February 17, 2018) after stopping two vehicles that were traveling together eastbound on I-12. The drivers, both nonresident aliens, provided deputies with vague explanations of a beach vacation, but their stories did not add up.
With the assistance of K9 Nero and K9 Echo, deputies searched both vehicles and found the 7.6 pounds of pure heroin hidden inside one of the vehicles. A post-stop investigation led deputies to believe the drugs were not just passing thru and were destined for sale in St. Tammany Parish.
Both drivers were arrested in connection with the seizure and are being held on a $750,000 bond for possession and conspiracy to distribute heroin as well as the traffic violations.