On July 5, 2013 at approximately 7:30 a.m., an OSP senior trooper stopped a Ford van displaying California license plates northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 11 for a speed violation. The van was occupied by two men identified as driver JOSE RAUL ESPARZA, age 26, from Calexico, California, and passenger ARMANDO AGUSTIN VILLASENOR JR, age 21, from El Centro, California.
Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop resulted in the trooper’s discovery of approximately 30 pounds of heroin concealed inside the car’s trunk area. Estimated value of the seized heroin is in excess of $600,000.
Both men were arrested and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Manufacture, Possession, and Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Heroin.