Troopers seize $800,000 worth of heroin in Madison County

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For Immediate Release: October 4, 2018

Contact: Lieutenant D.J. Smith (614) 307-1061

Troopers seize $800,000 worth of heroin in Madison County

WEST JEFFERSON – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed felony drug charges against a California man after a traffic stop in Madison County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized more than 4 pounds of heroin valued at approximately $800,000.  

On September 28, 2018, at 1:15 p.m., troopers stopped a 2018 Kia Forte with Florida registration for a failure to signal a lane change violation on Interstate 70. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband.  

The driver, Estaban Contreras, 20, of Oxnard, Calif., was incarcerated in the Tri-County Jail and charged with possession of heroin, a first-degree felony. 

If convicted, he could face up to 11 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine. 

A photo of the seized contraband is available for download on the Patrol’s website at 

Last year, troopers removed 163 pounds of heroin from Ohio’s roadways. For a complete list of drug arrests by county visit: 

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