MCSO: 14 pounds of heroin found during traffic stop, 2 from Calif. arrested

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- $800,000 worth of heroin was seized right here in our backyards. That’s the second major drug bust in Mesa County this past week.

April Gomez, 23; Ricky Medina, 24//Photo:MCSO

It happened at around 10:30 Tuesday morning. Law enforcement made a routine traffic stop when the car didn’t have a visible license plate.

The cop approached the car near mile marker 28 and smelled marijuana. 23-year-old April Gomez and 24-year-old Ricky Media were inside the car.

They found six large plastic packages with a total of 14 pounds of heroin packed inside. Law enforcement said it’s not surprising to see a drug bust on I-70.

“I-70 is a main corridor for drugs being transported from the West Coast to the middle of the country,” said Sergeant Henry Stoffel, with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office said the most common drug found in drug busts around the Grand Valley is methamphetamine. Law enforcement said they’re seeing a big increase of heroin in the valley.

The two people in the car were booked into the Mesa County detention facility and are both being held on a $50,000 bond.

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