EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. -- Illinois State Police say troopers seized vacuum-sealed bags of heroin with a possible street value of $250,000 during a traffic stop on Interstate 55 in Madison County.
The traffic stop last Friday morning led to the arrest of 46-year-old Rodolfo Hernandez-Flores of Tijuana, Mexico.
Troopers had pulled over his sport utility vehicle for improperly displaying a license plate. Flores’ nervous behavior caused troopers to call for a bilingual trooper to provide Spanish interpretation and a K-9 unit. The dog sniffed out heroin hidden in the vehicle’s engine compartment.
Investigators say the drugs originated in Tijuana and were destined for Columbus, Ohio.
It was not immediately clear if Flores has an attorney. He was being held in the Madison County Jail and faces drug charges.