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CHP makes major heroin bust

Feather Publishing
2/27/2012

 

A stop of a speeding motorist turned into a major drug bust by the Quincy California Highway Patrol on Saturday night, Feb. 25.

A CHP officer found four bundles of heroin, with a street value of about $250,000, while he was processing an unlicensed driver’s car before it was impounded.

The driver of the Volkswagen sedan, Pedro D. Blanco, 25, of El Centro, was arrested on several drug charges before being transported to the Lassen County Jail.

The incident began just after 5:30 p.m. when the officer was on routine patrol on U.S. Highway 395 in Lassen County.

THe CHP officer was just north of Highway 70 when he clocked the Volkswagen going 81 miles per hour in a 65 zone.

He tried to pull over the car by using his red lights and siren, but Blanco reportedly didn’t yield to the right until after several miles of pursuit.

Blanco eventually stopped just south of Red Rock Road.

Blanco didn’t have a drivers’ license and was cited for that infraction as well as excessive speed.

A tow truck was called to the scene to impound the vehicle because Blanco didn’t have a license and there was no licensed driver available to drive his car.

While the officer was doing an inventory of the car before it was impounded, he discovered four tightly packaged bundles of heroin.

After Blanco was arrested, he was found to be carrying $2,200 in cash.

The Lassen County Narcotic Task Force was called to the scene and was conducting a further investigation.

Blanco was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent for sales, and transportation of a controlled substance with the intent for sales.

 


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