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NASHVILLE — Deputies made the biggest heroin bust in Nash County history after pulling over a car on Interstate 95 Monday night.
The Nash County Sheriff’s Office Highway Interdiction Team seized nearly 4 pounds of heroin with a street value of roughly $807,000 in the 9 p.m. traffic stop, Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said in a Tuesday release.
Deputies stopped a black Cadillac sedan at mile marker 134 in the northbound lanes of I-95 south of Rocky Mount after observing a traffic violation and searched the car after spotting marijuana residue on the front passenger floorboard. A drug-sniffing dog alerted on the car, Medina said, giving deputies probable cause to conduct a search.
Medina said a pillow stuffed with 3.89 pounds (1,614 grams) of heroin was discovered in the Cadillac’s trunk. That quantity is the equivalent of about 40,350 bindles of heroin.
“With the increase in overdoses continuing to rise, this seizure surely will play a part in saving lives,” Medina said in a news release. “This is the largest heroin seizure in Nash County history.”
Three people inside the car — 33-year-old Carlos Hernandez Romero and 31-year-olds Luis Octavio Gonzalez Gonzalez and Valentin Bermudez Pineda, all of Houston, Texas — were arrested on one count each of trafficking heroin. Gonzalez, who deputies say was driving, also faces a charge of maintaining a vehicle for storage or sale of a controlled substance.
Each defendant was booked into the Nash County Detention Center under a $750,000 secured bond.