(SEYMOUR) - Indiana State Police arrested an Indianapolis man in Seymour on Wednesday on heroin related charges after a traffic stop.
Sgt. Noel Houze said Friday that Trooper Randel Miller stopped a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu just before 2 p.m. as it exited Interstate 65. Miller made contact with the driver, 21-year-old Ubaldo Lopez-Gonzalez.
He determined that Lopez-Gonzalez had never been issued a driver's license.
After becoming suspicious that Lopez-Gonzalez might have drugs, Miller requested a K9 unit from Seymour Police Department to search the car.
Although the dog alerted on the Chevy, no drugs were found.
During the traffic stop, Lopez-Gonzalez's cell phone kept ringing until Miller answered it. According to Miller's report, the individual calling referred to Miller as " Angel" and asked if they would be meeting in the same place. Continued from Page 1A
Miller told the caller "no" and gave him an alternate location.
Suspecting Lopez-Gonzalez had arranged to meet the caller to conduct a drug sale, Miller turned Lopez-Gonzalez over to another trooper and went to the alternate location he had given the caller.
A taxi arrived there, and an individual got out of the car but attempted to run upon seeing Miller. He stopped shortly after Miller warned he would use his Taser.
The man, whom police are not identifying, told Miller he regularly purchased heroin from Lopez-Gonzalez and that he was to meet him that afternoon, Houze said.
He also told Miller that Lopez-Gonzalez would carry the heroin in his mouth, double bagged, and would swallow it if police stopped him.
Miller confiscated more than $1,000 in cash from the man as evidence and released him. Police are planning to seek conspiracy charges against the man, Houze said.
Miller obtained a warrant for a search of Lopez- Gonzalez, who was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, where an X-ray revealed something unusual in his abdomen, Houze said.
Lopez-Gonzalez was given laxatives, and sev¬eral hours later, he passed seven balloons that contained powdered heroin, Houze said.
He was taken to Jackson County Jail in Brownstown, where he is facing charges of dealing in a Schedule I controlled substance (Class B felony), possession of a Schedule I controlled substance (Class C felony), obstruction of justice (Class D felony) and operating a vehicle while never licensed (Class C misdemeanor).
The investigation also revealed Lopez-Gonzalez was in the United States illegally. Immigration & Customs Enforcement was notified and put a federal hold on Lopez-Gonzalez.
Houze said an increase in the use, sale and transportation of heroin in Indiana has local law enforcement agencies alarmed. He added police are asking the public's help in getting the highly addictive and dangerous drug off the streets.
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