Law enforcement has seized street value worth $300,000 of heroin in Houston County

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala.-- "It's the largest since I've been here and I've been here 38 years," said Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza.

On Friday, through the course of a joint operation with the FBI Street Task Force, ALEA, Houston County Sheriff's Office and Dothan Police Department, law enforcement made one of the biggest heroin busts seen in the county.

"Friday we made a stop on a vehicle that came in to Dothan, Alabama that had approximately 2.2 pounds of heroin," said Valenza.

It was concealed within a hidden compartment within the vehicle.

"The containers were packaged inside of axle grease packages to throw off the detection of the k-9's," said Valenza.

30-year-old Rudyver Garcia of California has been arrested and charged with Trafficking Heroin.

Through contacts in the investigation it is believed he came to Dothan with the intent to sell.

The estimated street value of the heroin is about $300,000.

"Typically the heroin addicts get their amounts in tents of a gram so if you equate that that's roughly 10,000 doses that didn't hit the streets of the Wiregrass," said Alabama Drug Task Force Commander.

Additional charges and arrests could be forthcoming as this is still an open investigation.

Garcia was booked into the Houston County Jail with a bond set at $1,500,000.


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