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State Police Find Heroin with $12 Million Street Value on I-84

Two men from California were headed east on I-84 when they were stopped in Orange County April 16 because the tractor-trailer didn't have state tax decals. 

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.”

Gloria R. April 24, 2014 at 11:59 AM
some here will surely say any drug bust is major. I found an article on that bust in the other place. if it is inaccurate please correct me. http://archive.lohud.com/article/20131024/NEWS02/310240057/12-arrested-Westchester-heroin-ring that article makes no mention of it being a major drug bust, mostly because it probably wasn't. What makes you think it was major.the amount of people? in your case they were charged with criminal possession and sale in the third degree not first degree as in this article. a-1 felony here vs b felonies there. mandatory 8-20 on 1 charge here possibly no jail time there or max of 2.5 on possession + 9 yrs on the sale. If they do the max they will probably due about the same time for their crimes as the minimum here give or take. apples and apples please. 9 of those yrs is on the sale in the 3rd which does not apply here due to the accidental nature of this case. no sting. sale, btw, appears to be 1 packet or more to someone who wants to buy it. I speak for no one buy me and that was not so major imo. if it was they would be rolling and spinning numbers on the bust like they did here This article is about distribution not selling to the junkies on the corner
changesoon April 24, 2014 at 01:30 PM
some of these cases led to deaths of the drug users and some of these sellers or what ever role they played are being accused with murder charges (which is the "police expect additional charges" in the article you reference). Plus it wasn't one packet it was several thousand packets. -so in my eyes I think that's serious bust-to each his own.
Gloria R. April 24, 2014 at 03:59 PM
wrong again my friend. what it actually says in the article i linked to is "police expect additional arrests" not charges-totally different.To me additional arrests indicates other people are expected to be arrested. What does it mean to you? . maybe since it was 6 months ago you could look around a bit and see and link to what if it any other arrests ever materialized. AND I never said it was one packet. I said "sale, btw, appears to be 1 packet or more to someone who wants to buy it" Not "the sale they were charged with was 1 packet" I was referencing back to "they were charged with criminal possession and sale" in the same post. sale was used in a general term. and selling 1 packet is still a sale. The article i linked to made no mention of thousands of packets and while nothing i said was inaccurate you could have posted a link to where you got your info.I also said this " I found an article on that bust in the other place. if it is inaccurate please correct me." not " I found an article on that bust in the other place. if it is accurate please correct me." which is exactly what you did . Now it is a "SERIOUS" bust !!. It might be serious,just not MAJOR You are entitled to your opinion, you are not entitled to twist,and misquote what other people say to bolster your claim. "some of these cases led to deaths of the drug users and some of these sellers or what ever role they played are being accused with murder charges" Murder 1-2 manslaghter?,Being accused by who.accused by relatives, friends, other junkies. Accused is not the same as being charged. Have they been charged and with what, If as you say, not the article, murder charges were brought against some in this bunch please link to it. don't just expect anyone to believe you, especially now. how tough is it to copy and paste link.

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