2 Utah men arrested after police find $1.5M of heroin during traffic stop in Kentucky

Two Utah men were arrested during a traffic stop in Kentucky Tuesday after police seized 33 pounds of heroin worth a reported $1.5 million, Lyon County, Kentucky, May 8, 2017 | Photo courtesy of Kentucky State Police, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Two Utah men were arrested during a traffic stop in Kentucky Tuesday after police seized 33 pounds of heroin worth a reported $1.5 million.

Roberto Orozco, of West Valley City, Utah, booking photo posted May 8, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

At 7:22 p.m. Monday, troopers stopped a semitractor-trailer on Interstate 24 in Lyon County, Kentucky, for commercial vehicle inspection purposes, according to a statement issued Tuesday by Kentucky State Police.

Police identified the driver as 29-year-old Roberto Orozco of West Valley City. The passenger was identified by police as 50-year-old Alberto Leal-Martinez of Magna.

During the stop, Kentucky troopers located a small amount of heroin on one of the two men, according to the statement.

Alberto Leal-Martinez, of Magna, Utah, booking photo posted May 8, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

A subsequent search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 33 pounds of heroin with an estimated street value of $1.5 million, Kentucky officials said.

Orozco and Leal-Martinez were booked into Caldwell County Jail on a class B felony charge of aggravated heroin trafficking.

The investigation into the matter is ongoing, authorities said Tuesday.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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5 Comments

  • ladybugavenger May 11, 2017 at 10:48 am

    They look like they got into the stash….holy cow! They are going die from withdrawals

    • DRT May 11, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      More importantly than them dieing, is that whatever freight was on the truck, is going to be late getting to it’s destination!

  • Brian May 11, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    “Two men, who had been residing in Utah but are most likely in the country illegally, were arrested during a traffic stop in Kentucky Tuesday…”

    • Not_So_Much May 12, 2017 at 6:36 am

      You have that right Brian. That would not fit the mainstream’s agenda now would it?

  • utahdiablo May 11, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Build the Damn Wall already….just glad we have a AG that will do something as to getting rid of these aholes

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