Trooper finds $2.5M worth of drugs in traffic stop

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Charles Ahumada (left) and Frank Villa By Christina O'Haver Charles Ahumada (left) and Frank Villa By Christina O'Haver
Frank Villa By Christina O'Haver Frank Villa By Christina O'Haver
Charles Ahumada By Christina O'Haver Charles Ahumada By Christina O'Haver

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Two men are in custody after a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper discovered $2.5 million worth of heroin during a traffic stop.

Court records show 47-year-old Frank Villa and 56-year-old Charles Ahumada have been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver. Villa has also been charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities say a trooper pulled over a car with Nevada license plates Monday on Interstate 94. With the help of a K9 unit, 4.5 pounds of heroin were found wrapped in three separate bricks. Authorities say the street value of the drug is $2.5 million.

Drug paraphernalia and meth were also found in the vehicle.

Villa is from Tempe, Arizona, and Ahumada is from Tucson, Arizona. Records don't list attorneys for the men.

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