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W. Pa. authorities seize 15 pounds of heroin

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


WJAC-TV reported 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.