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Traveler arrested in enormous heroin bust on I-12

2 years 3 weeks 1 day ago November 18, 2014 Nov 18, 2014 Tuesday, November 18 2014 November 18, 2014 2:29 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- A 26-year-old man was arrested after deputies said they found him transporting 15 pounds of heroin stuffed inside fire extinguishers in the luggage area of a bus.

Juan Vasquez was charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of schedule 1 heroin. Vasquez is from McAllen, Texas.

Deputies said a narcotics agent with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office noticed a bus fail to signal. The deputy stopped the bus and was given permission to search the luggage compartment. A K-9, named Jumma, found the drugs.

The drugs were worth about $640,000.

"It is imperative that we get Heroin off our streets in East Baton Rouge Parish," Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. "Too many young people are dying from this dangerous drug."

More than two-dozen people have died from heroin overdoses. 
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