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South Carolina Police seize 4.5 pounds of heroin during traffic stop

July 7, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
South Carolina Police seize 4.5 pounds of heroin during traffic stop

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South Carolina deputies confiscated what is believed to be one of the largest heroin busts in Orangeburg County’s history last Friday.

Due to the united efforts of Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents, the DEA, and Highway Patrol, police seized 4.4 pounds of heroin in a routine traffic stop on Friday, according to Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell. The drugs are worth an estimated $250,000 to $300,000.

A man identified as Javier Perez Flores confessed that he was hauling the shipment from Mexico. Before Friday’s stop, Flores was less than two hours from his intended destination – Charlotte, North Carolina, WCNC reported.

Detectives say a three-agency team was working on Friday when troopers saw a Dodge truck weaving across the center line around 8 p.m. When the truck was pulled over, “Gus,” an OCSO German Shepherd trained in narcotics, signaled that drugs were in the car.

A search revealed a hidden compartment inside the truck, that is also referred to as a “trap.” Inside, detectives say they found two kilos – or 4.4 pounds – of heroin wrapped in plastic, along with $15,900 in cash.

The vehicle’s driver, 42-year-old Javier Perez Flores, of Mexico, was arrested by the DEA Flores was held at the Orangeburg County Detention Center before being transferred to an undisclosed location. He will appear before a federal magistrate for a bond hearing on federal charges of heroin trafficking.

Detectives say the narcotics are being handled with caution as heroin is often “cut” or mixed with other chemicals that can be more dangerous than the heroin.

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