OKLAHOMA CITY – An illegal lane change leads to more than $720,000 in illegal drugs being taken off the streets.
Authorities say Oklahoma is a crossroads for drug smugglers because of our interstates and close proximity to Mexico.
Mark Woodward, spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, said, “They’re all chasing the dragon, that first high.”
Authorities say that is what drug addicts are after.
Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Deputies are after the smugglers who carry those drugs across the country.
On Monday evening, they allegedly caught one and arrested Jaime Valenuela-Buelna of Mexico.
Investigators say he was transporting six pounds of black tar heroin inside hidden compartments of his car.
A K9 officer sniffed out the drugs.
While that is well over half a million dollars of heroin off the streets, officials at the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics say there is plenty more of it.
It is a business and the drugs usually come from Mexico.
Woodward said, “When it enters the border, it’s at its purest form it’s going to be.”
However, with each state line it crosses, the deadlier the drugs can get.
“By the time it reaches it’s destination, people don’t know what they’re getting, and often times, it’s not the heroin that kills them,” Woodward said. “Oftentimes, it is the lethal ingredients that are added to cut the drug that kill people.”
Although heroin is not a huge problem in Oklahoma yet, it is slowly making its presence known.
“It’s probably just a matter of time until we start to see greater numbers of heroin here in Oklahoma just because of how much is pouring across the border,” Woodward said. “That’s one of the things that’s concerning about the price dropping because that tells you there’s a large supply coming in from Mexico.”
The suspect was booked into the Oklahoma County jail.
Authorities say he was traveling from Columbus, Ohio to Phoenix, Arizona. He is also facing charges of trafficking and possession of drugs.