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Heroin found in traffic stop valued at $2M

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, April 28, 2018
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DRUG BUST – Authorities discovered 11 kilograms of heroin during a traffic stop Thursday night. Officials estimated the heroin is worth just over $2 million. Submitted photo

A traffic stop on U.S. 380 near Decatur Thursday night resulted in the discovery of more than 11 kilograms of heroin.

Texas Department of Public Safety Cpl. Lantz Elliott said a highway patrol officer stopped the eastbound vehicle after 8 p.m. between Decatur and the Wise/Denton County line. After the driver, identified as 46-year-old Terrance Lamont Jackson of Miramar, Fla., refused consent to search, the officer had reasonable suspicion of illegal activity and called for a DPS K-9 unit to respond to the location, Elliott said.

Once the dog gave a positive alert, the Infiniti SUV was searched.

“During the search, they found metal shavings, so they pulled up the carpet and found a couple of hidden compartments,” Elliott said. “One of the compartments was empty, but the second one was rather full.”

Officers located more than 11 kilograms of heroin in the second compartment and placed Jackson under arrest for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1 in an amount more than 400 grams.

Lt. Chad Lanier with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office estimated the heroin in its current form is valued at just over $2 million.

Elliott said Jackson was traveling from Arizona back to Florida when he was stopped. The vehicle he was in had been reported stolen from Broward County, Florida.

Jackson remained in the Wise County Jail Friday with bond set at $25,000.

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