More than 1 million hits of heroin and 53 pounds of meth seized by DPS in traffic stop

A DPS traffic stop on I-10 resulted in the seizure of more than 53 pounds of meth and 2.6 pounds of heroin.

Traffic stop on I-10 by a member of the Arizona Border Strike Force leads to seizure of more than $360,000 in illegal drugs

Contributed Article/Courtesy DPS

Pima County – The Arizona Border Strike Force seized slightly more than 53 pounds of meth and two pounds of heroin during a traffic stop on I-10 in Pima County.

Contributed Photo/Courtesy DPS: This picture shows the meth and heroin’s combined weight on a scale.

On June 3, at about 7:56 a.m., a member of the Arizona Border Strike Force (ABSF) made a traffic stop on a passenger vehicle traveling westbound on I-10, west of Tucson. After observing numerous indicators of criminal activity, the vehicle was searched. During the search of the vehicle, 53.75 pounds of methamphetamine and 2.6 pounds of heroin (equivalent to approximately 1.1 million hits of heroin) were found and seized. Altogether, the Arizona street value of the drugs seized is approximately $360,000*.

The suspect, Luis Alberto Mazon Hernandez, 48, a Mexican national, was booked into Federal Custody on the charges of transportation of a dangerous drug for sale and transportation of a narcotic drug for sale.

Assisting with this investigation were detectives from the Pima Criminal Targeting Unit (CTU), the Southern Regional Crime Lab, and agents from Homeland Security Investigations.

“Arizona Border Strike Force has done a tremendous job working to keep significant amounts of heroin, meth, and other drugs off our highways, drugs which can do great harm to people across this nation, and arresting those suspects transporting the drugs.”, said Major Jack Johnson, Border Strike Force Commander.

The ultimate goal in the creation of the Arizona Border Strike Force is to deter, disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal organizations that breach the border in their quest to set up business in our state. Specific units within the Border Strike Force Bureau include the Canine District, the Southern Investigations District, and the Vehicle Theft District.

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*Note: Estimated street value is based on analyst’s best estimates from the DEA’s Phoenix Field Division.