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Columbus man arrested for $370K in heroin in luggage

EATON — Troopers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol say a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of a stash of heroin worth an estimated $370,000 in Preble County.

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Troopers of the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested a Columbus man following a Tuesday traffic stop. A drug-sniffing canine alerted troopers to an estimated $370,000 in heroin concealed in a piece of luggage inside the suspect's vehicle.( Photo/Ohio State Highway Patrol)

Troopers said Wednesday that troopers pulled a car over for an unsafe lane change Tuesday on Interstate 70 near Eaton. The driver, identified as 23-year-old Juan Carlos Arcos of Columbus, didn't have a license, and authorities say there were other signs of criminal activity.

When they searched the car, troopers found about 5½ pounds of heroin hidden in a false bottom of a piece of luggage.

Arcos was arrested on charges of possession of heroin, a first-degree felony and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. If convicted he could face up to 11 years in prison and up to a $22,500 fine.

The suspect was lodged at the Preble County Jail.


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