Illinois State Police District 11 troopers seized over five and one-half kilos of heroin during a traffic stop on I-55 in Madison County.
A District 11 trooper pulled a silver 1999 Dodge Durango over around 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 4, for improper display of a license plate. During the stop, the trooper says they noticed the driver, 46-year-old Rodolfo Hernandez-Flores of Tijuana, Mexico, was "unusually nervous." The trooper called in an interpreter to assist with the investigation and both individuals came to the conclusion that Flores was being deceptive. They then called in a K-9 unit, which alerted to the presence of narcotics.
A search of the Durango found a hidden compartment inside. The SUV and Flores were taken to a safe location for further investigation and a more detailed search found multiple vacuum-sealed bags of a substance that police say later tested positive for heroin.
Afterward, police say Flores admitted to being paid to transport the drugs, which originated in Tijuana and was headed for Columbus, Ohio. He was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and was issued a warning for the license plate infraction before being lodged in the Madison County Jail.
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