Drug agents seize $1 million of heroin, arrest two during I-74 stop
HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - Hamilton County drug agents arrested two men and seized 6.6 pounds of heroin worth one million dollars during a traffic stop Thursday. Cesar Medina and Elfego Velazquez Rosas answered to trafficking charges Friday in court.
Drug agents stopped their car on eastbound I-74 near New Haven Road in Whitewater Township on Aug. 31.
Deputies say the arrests and drug seizure disrupted a large organization distributing heroin from Chicago to Cincinnati. Each package was vacuum-sealed and wrapped in carbon paper to avoid detection, according to Sgt. Morgan with the Regional Enforcement Narcotics Unit (RENU). Sgt. Morgan called Medina a main contributor to the narcotics epidemic in Cincinnati.
Assistant prosecutor David Wood asked for a high bond for both men. He said the men are involved in organized crime and have access to large sums of money. Medina is from Chicago. Deputies say Rosas is a Mexican national.
The judge said, "The last thing this community needs is more heroin on the streets". He set bond at two million dollars for each.