Illinois State Troopers praised for big heroin drug bust

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COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI)-- Illinois lawmakers have gone on record as saying there's a state of emergency when it comes to the problem with heroin.

That made a recent bust near Collinsville all the more rewarding.

Top law enforcers are saluting the Illinois Police Troopers who pulled over 46-year-old Rodlofo Hernandez-Flores of Tijuana Mexico. He`s charged with carrying 5 and half kilos of heroin in his truck through Madison County, street value is as much a quarter of a million dollars. Troopers in the drug interdiction unit have gone through a lot of specialized training. When they pull someone over, it`s as if they`ve been educated to read a motorist`s mind.

And that`s how they say they nabbed a nervous Hernandez-Flores.

Heroin continues to be a huge problem in our community. Paramedics carry a drug called Narcan which bring a heroin overdose patient back to life. Granite City firefighters have administered more than 260 doses in the last five years.

While people are applauding the work by state police, the Madison state`s attorney notes troopers and other agencies have been hit by budget cuts at the worst possible time.

No doubt in his mind this was the work of the Mexican drug cartel, the heroin was stashed in a hidden compartment inside the truck.

Illinois State Troopers seize over 5 kilos of heroin on I-55


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