HOUSTON –One of Houston’s biggest heroin busts ever almost happened at random.
Police said on Wednesday a drug smuggler had broken down on a road in northwest Houston, when a Houston Police Department officer stopped to assist. When the officer called for a tow, the suspect slipped away.
The man had been driving a white Ford Mustang and left it behind. Growing suspicious, the officer searched the vehicle and discovered that the back bench was loose.
When he removed it, he found 15 kilos of methamphetamine and 17 kilos of heroin.
“Fifteen kilos is a larger volume of meth for this area,” said an HPD investigator who did not want to be identified. “But the heroin essentially tripled the previous record held by HPD, which was in the neighborhood of 7 kilos of heroin—so we’re talking about three times the previous amount.”
Officers said the drugs had a street value of more than $1.7 million. They are certain that they came from Mexican drug cartels.
Now they are trying to determine exactly who was involved and where the drugs were headed.