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Traffic stop nets major heroin bust

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Luis Octavio Gonzalez Gonzalez

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

In the largest heroin bust in Nash County history, deputies seized nearly four pounds of heroin late Monday.

This is equivalent to approximately 40,350 bindles — or individual packs — with an estimated street value of approximately $807,000, said Sheriff Keith Stone.

"With the increase in overdoses continuing to rise, this seizure surely will play a part in saving lives," Stone said.

Luis Octavio Gonzalez Gonzalez, 31; Carlos Hernandez Romero, 33; and Valentin Bermudez Pineda, 31; were arrested and charged with one count each of trafficking heroin. Gonzales was charged with an additional count of maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance.

The three men were jailed under a $750,000 secured bond each in the Nash County Detention Center, with a first appearance set for Tuesday in District Court in Nashville.

The arrests were made by the Sheriff’s Highway Interdiction Team, which made a traffic stop on a black Cadillac at the 134 mile-marker northbound on Interstate 95.

While speaking with the driver, members of the team developed reasonable suspicion to believe they were involved in criminal activity, Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said.

"Marijuana residue could be seen in the front passenger floor board and the narcotics K-9 was deployed to conduct an open air sweep of the vehicle," Medina said. "A probable cause search was conducted."

The search of the vehicle yielded 3.89 pounds of heroin concealed inside of a pillow in the trunk of the vehicle, Medina said.

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