Deputies: $720,000 in black tar heroin recovered in traffic stop

Deputies: $720,000 in black tar heroin recovered after traffic stop

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The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office says it has pulled almost 3/4 of a million dollars worth of black tar heroin off the streets after a traffic stop lead to a K9 detecting the drugs.

Around 8:00 PM Monday, a deputy assigned to the Central Oklahoma Metro Interdiction Team reported a car making an illegal lane change near N. Meridian and I40. The deputy spoke with the driver and determined that the car needed to be searched by the K9, Thor.

The sheriff's office says Thor signaled drugs were in the vehicle and deputies began to search. They say they found six pounds of black tar heroin with a street value of about $720,000. Deputies say they also recovered $9,000 in cash.

The driver, Jaime Valenzuela-Buelna, was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on complaints of aggravated trafficking heroin, and possession of proceeds.

Thor is no stranger to detecting drugs in vehicles. In February, deputies say he alerted them to 34 pounds of methamphetamine after the driver of a car failed to signal on I40 near Rockwell.

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