Troopers seize $50,000 worth of heroin in Preble County

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For Immediate Release: June 9, 2020

Contact: Lieutenant Kevin Dillard (937) 303-9805

Troopers seize $50,000 worth of heroin in Preble County

COLUMBUS – Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers filed a felony drug charge against an Arkansas man after a traffic stop in Preble County. During the traffic stop, troopers seized a pound of heroin worth approximately $50,000.

On May 27, at 11:11 a.m., troopers stopped a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu with Arkansas temporary registration for marked lanes and cracked windshield violations 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, Jose Torres, 19, of Springdale, Ark., was incarcerated in the Preble County Jail and charged with possession of drugs, a first-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony.

If convicted, he could face up to 12 years in prison and up to a $22,500 fine.

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

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