MODESTO, Calif. (PIX11) — A couple in California has been arrested after police say they discovered over 26 pounds of heroin hidden inside a box of diapers while they were driving with their 10-month-old baby, according to KTXL.
Police made the traffic stop just after 1 a.m. Wednesday when their K-9 “Stryker” alerted them to the scent of drugs. Investigators searched the car and found over 26 pounds of heroin hidden in a box of diapers.
The suspects Israel Alcazar, 34 from Modesto, and his wife Isabel Soto-Mandragon, 20, were in their car along with their 10-month-old baby.
Investigators then searched the couple’s home in Modesto, where they found a handgun, along with other evidence of drug sales. They also seized over $1,200 in cash.
“We know we have taken a high level drug trafficker off of the street with this arrest”, said Sgt. Kelly Rea, the supervisor of MNET. “This was a significant seizure and should really make a dent in the access to heroin in Modesto.”
Police say this particular heroin was not cut yet, which means it was in an extremely pure form. Heroin is typically mixed with “cutting agents” or substances to add weight and increase the street value. This more pure form of heroin will sell for approximately $8,000-$10,000 on the street. Once cut, the street value significantly increases, according to police.
Police say the heroin seized would have a street value of over $2.3 million.
Alcazar and Soto-Mondragon were both taken to Stanislaus County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and felony child endangerment. Alcazar was additionally charged with being armed in the commission of a felony.
The baby was taken into custody by Child Protective Services.