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55 pounds of heroin found during traffic stop

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ASHLAND, OR (KPTV/AP) -

Oregon State Police have seized 55 pounds of heroin in a traffic stop on Interstate 5 north of Ashland.

Troopers arrested a 65-year-old Hillsboro man who was driving a Cadillac SRX sport-utility vehicle on Thursday. Raul Mendoza was originally pulled over for a traffic violation, police said.

Authorities say the drugs are worth an estimated $1.1 million on the street. Police say they were sealed in 15 packages concealed in the vehicle.

Police used a drug detection K-9 during the traffic stop.

Mendoza was booked into the Jackson County Jail on charges of unlawful possession and distribution of heroin.

Copyright 2012 KPTV (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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