W. Pa. authorities seize 15 pounds of heroin

Heroin abuse

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) – Investigators in western Pennsylvania say nearly 15 pounds of pure, uncut heroin was seized from the Pennsylvania Turnpike in western Pennsylvania earlier this month.

Authorities in Somerset County said they haven’t seen this much unadulterated heroin before but figure it’s worth millions.

Somerset County District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser said a trooper pulled over the work van after running the license plate and discovering it didn’t match the make and model.

A criminal complaint said driver Maria Pina and passenger Gilberto Ocampo, both of Illinois, seemed nervous but consented to a search.

That’s when police spotted an air compressor that looked tampered with. Inside, officers said they found 7 kilograms – about 15 pounds – of uncut heroin.

Pina and Ocampo remain jailed on $500,000 bail each.

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