A man from California was arrested on Sunday after cops discovered a dozen kilos of heroin and 100s of pills stashed in his car, authorities stated.
Rudolfo M. Mendez-Hernandez, 26, of La Quinta, was jailed after cops first saw his car without noticeable registration or license plates in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn on Route 46, Lt. Joseph Rella stated.
An officer also found a hidden compartment in a space under Mendez-Hernandez’s car, Rella informed, triggering a “lengthy investigation.” At around 3 p.m., the vehicle was taken to police headquarters, where officers discovered 12 kilos of presumed heroin and 500 opiate pills with a street worth of roughly $1 million, Rella stated.
Shortly after the car was drawn from the hotel parking area, Mendez-Hernandez allegedly tried to flee the area in a taxi and was arrested right before going into the automobile, Rella stated.
Mendez-Hernandez was charged with manufacturing and dispersing presumed heroin and opiate pills, possession of heroin, possession of opiate pills and possession of drug paraphernalia, Rella added.