State police said they then found 12 kilos of heroin in the truck.
Enrique B. Mendoza, 38, and Joaquin R. Hernandez, 34, both of Fresno CA, were charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree. Both defendants were sent to the Orange County Jail with no bail.
Traffic tickets were issued to Mendoza.
Here's how Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler calculated it: "The value of a kilogram of heroin in Orange County is approximately $70,000. The twelve kilograms of heroin recovered from the truck have a cumulative value of approximately $840,000. The street value of the heroin can be significantly higher. One kilogram package of heroin generally yields yield 100,000 “decks” of heroin. “Decks” are small wax paper packages that small amounts of heroin are sold in. A typical deck contains .02 grams of heroin. The street value of each deck of heroin is $10. The cumulative street value of the heroin seized in the truck if sold in that manner was approximately $12 million dollars."
“The illicit narcotics, particularly heroin, destroy individuals, families and our communities,” Hoovler said in a press release. “I commend the State Police, and all law enforcement officers for their vigilance in removing these dangerous substances from our communities. The amount of heroin seized by New York State from this truck would have caused untold misery in our community. My office will continue to seek severe punishment for narcotics traffickers and will continue to urge those addicted to these substances to seek treatment.”