Ten Pounds Of Heroin Seized In Traffic Stop

Published by The Bee News

June 11, 2018

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LITTLEFIELD–Two California men are behind bars after a traffic stop Friday night uncovered heroin, cash and other drug paraphernalia.

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said deputies noticed a white passenger car traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 15. The car reportedly did not have a license plate on the front or back of the vehicle.

A traffic stop was conducted and deputies made contact with the driver, identified as Bryan Oropeza, 20, and his passenger, Kevin Gabino Prado, 22, both from Corona, California.

Mortensen said deputies asked for Oropeza’s license, which he reportedly was unable to produce. He reportedly told deputies he was in a hurry to get to his sister’s house in Utah and asked several times if he could leave.

During a routine records check, deputies learned that Oropeza and Prado’s licenses were revoked out of California.

Oropeza reportedly gave verbal consent to search the vehicle, which ultimately revealed ten pounds of heroin, over $10,000 in cash and drug paraphernalia. A pat search also recovered around two grams of marijuana on Prado.

Oropeza and Prado are facing charges of money laundering, marijuana possession, narcotic drug possession for sale, transporting narcotic drugs for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were taken to the Mesquite Detention Center.

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