$1.5 million in heroin seized on Northshore

Chris Miller
February 22, 2018 - 1:29 pm

A weekend traffic stop led St. Tammany sheriff's deputies to $.15 million dollars in heroin. It's the most ever seized in the parish.

"Late Saturday afternoon, deputies with the STPSO Highway Enforcement Unit stopped two vehicles that were travelling together eastbound on Interstate 12," said Dep. Meredith Timberlake, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office spokesperson. "The drivers of the two vehicles, both nonresident aliens, provided deputies with vague explanations of a beach vacation, but their stories did not add up."

Timberlake says a pair of K9 units helped detect 7.6 pounds of pure heroin.

"This is the largest single seizure of this deadly drug in St. Tammany Parish history, and this amount of heroin has a street-level value of approximately $1.5 million," Timberlake said. "A post-stop investigation led deputies to believe the drugs were not just passing through and were destined for sale in St. Tammany Parish."

"With the abuse of heroin and the lethal overdoses that occur every day in the United States, this undoubtedly was a significant amount of heroin that was interdicted from hitting the streets of St. Tammany," said Sheriff Randy Smith. "Last year alone, this parish saw 80 deaths from heroin overdoses. I am sending this message now; I will not tolerate individuals bringing this deadly drug into our community."

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