Man charged with heroin trafficking

Santos R. Rivera
Santos R. Rivera

A Youngstown man was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking charges after he was found with 436 grams of heroin in his car.

Santos R. Rivera, 47, was charged indicted on the trafficking charge. His case was assigned to U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko in Cleveland.

Rivera originally was arrested by Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and was charged in Mahoning County Canfield Area Court with first-degree felony drug trafficking and possession.

Rivera, according to the affidavit filed by DEA agent Joshua Wells, was pulled over by troopers about 2:45 a.m. Aug. 17 for weaving while driving on Interstate 76 westbound in Beaver Township.

Rivera’s hands were shaking and he was “extremely nervous and was vague while answering routine questions,” according to the affidavit.

Troopers questioned Rivera and his passenger, who said he was at Rivera’s South Jackson Street home to help repair his car. Rivera told officers his passenger was there to help repair his home.

A canine officer indicated he smelled drugs in the car. Troopers found three disc-shaped packages wrapped in duct tape that tested positive for 436 grams of heroin, the affidavit says. They also found a small bag with 0.5 grams of cocaine. A dosage unit of heroin is typically one gram.

DEA agents went to the OSHP Canfield Post to take custody of the drugs.

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