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Homeland Security agents seize 47 pounds of heroin in Medford

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MEDFORD, OR (KPTV) -

Homeland Security agents seized 47 pounds of heroin after a bust in Medford on Friday.

Investigators say it's the largest heroin bust ever in southern Oregon, and could have been sold on the streets for up to $2.5 million.

Police say 21-year-old Antonia Contreras and 18-year-old Ranee Duarte were traveling on a commercial bus through Medford to Vancouver, WA.

The Homeland Security agents say they found two unclaimed bags on the bus after a tip.

Those bags contained 47 pounds of heroin bundled into 20 individual packages.

The Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team arrested both Contreras and Duarte.

Contreras was booked into the Jackson County Jail. His bail is set at $525,000. He faces charges of possession and distribution of heroin.

Duarte was cited and released. He faces charges of possession of heroin and conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Both men are from southern California.

Investigators say that 47 pounds of heroin could have a street value in southern Oregon of $750,000 to $1 million if sold by the pound.

That totals about $2.5 million if sold by the gram.

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