Trooper finds $2.5M worth of drugs in traffic stop
Charles Ahumada (left) and Frank Villa By Christina O'Haver
Frank Villa 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.