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K-9 team discovers nearly 16 pounds of heroin hidden in fire extinguishers

Juan Vasquez (Source: EBRSO) Juan Vasquez (Source: EBRSO)
15 pounds of heroin found in fire extinguishers in luggage compartment of a bus (Source: EBRSO) 15 pounds of heroin found in fire extinguishers in luggage compartment of a bus (Source: EBRSO)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A Texas man was arrested in Baton Rouge after a bus was pulled over early Tuesday morning and found nearly 16 pounds of heroin hidden inside fire extinguishers.

An East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office Narcotics deputy and K-9 Jumma were conducting patrols on I-12 when they saw a bus fail to signal when changing lanes.

When the deputy stopped the bus, he requested to check the luggage compartment. K-9 Jumma alerted to a narcotic odor from a bag under the bus. 

The deputy found two fire extinguishers that were filled with 7.2 kilograms of heroin in side the bag. Officials with EBRSO say the heroin has a street value of $35,000 to $40,000 per pound. The DEA gave the heroin an estimated street value of $700,000.

Juan Vasquez, 26, of McAllen, TX was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin.

No bond had been set at the time of this report.

"It is imperative that we get heroin off our streets in East Baton Rouge Parish," Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. "Too many young people are dying from this dangerous drug."

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