8.8 Lbs Of Heroin Seized On I-74
By Mike Perleberg
(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Police surveillance spanned dozens of miles before troopers moved in and arrested two suspects in Dearborn County Wednesday.
Indiana State Police Versailles Post Sgt. Noel Houze says investigators learned that a man was in possession of a large quantity of drugs and was staying at a hotel in Greensburg. Police set up surveillance on the hotel.
Shortly before midnight a pickup truck with Ohio license plates occupied by two individuals pulled into the hotel parking lot and one individual got out of the pickup truck and got into the car, a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu with Illinois plates, Houze said. Both vehicles left the parking lot together and started eastbound on Interstate 74. As troopers followed behind, the vehicles traveled through Franklin and Ripley Counties.
Troopers say they saw the vehicle commit traffic violations on the interstate and stopped it near the 163 mile marker in Dearborn County, just west of State Road 1. That’s when the individual in the Chevrolet Malibu fled on foot.
That first suspect managed to elude capture. However, the driver of the pickup truck Kurt Holmes, 23, of Springdale, Ohio, was detained.
Troopers searched the Malibu. Inside they discovered four kilos – or about 8.8 pounds – of heroin.
A short time later troopers contacted Greensburg Police Department. Officers there had taken the man at the hotel, Luis R. Magallon, of Roselle, Illinois, into custody.
Magallon was transported to Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center where he is facing charges of Dealing in Heroin (Over Three Grams) and Conspiracy to Deal in Heroin, both Class A felonies.
Holmes was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance with other charges possible.
State police say they’ve identified the suspect who fled from the I-74 traffic stop. That person will also be charged, Houze said.
This drug investigation is ongoing, according to Houze.