Kentucky state police find $1.5M of heroin in traffic stop

PRINCETON, Ky. (AP) — State police have seized 33 pounds of heroin and arrested two Utah men after a traffic stop in western Kentucky.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that state police say they stopped a truck for a commercial vehicle inspection on Interstate 24 in Lyon County and found a small amount of heroin on one of the men. A search of the rest of the vehicle yielded the cache of heroin, with an estimated street value of $1.5 million.

Troopers arrested the driver, 29-year-old Roberto Orozco, and passenger, 50-year-old Alberto Leal-Martinez. They have been charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin and were being held at Caldwell County Jail. It’s unclear if they have lawyers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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