CHP stops truck with $11 million worth of heroin

Stephanie Stanton reports.

- CHP officer Robert Mendenhall was on routine patrol around 8 am Thursday when he spotted a big rig speeding northbound on the 15 Freeway just north of Highway 395 in Hesperia. During the stop, the officer says the driver was acting suspiciously.

"His story and his nervousness... kind of brought on the attention that there was something going on here," Mendenhall, who was working with a K-9 unit, said.  

"I pulled out my canine, he sniffed the exterior of the tractor trailer, the dog also alerted inside the trailer." 

Mendenhall and his four-legged partner found more than 220 lbs of suspected heroin with an estimated street value of $11 million.

The drugs were off-loaded just outside the CHP station in Victorville and officials say they were bound for Canada.

The truck is apparently owned by a company called Jeak Logistics which is based in Ontario, CA and Ontario, Canada.

No one was around when the FOX 11 team went there, so we called the company, but got an answering machine.

On its website, Jeak calls itself a family owned and operated business offering temperature controlled and dry van trailers. It has been registered since at least 2003.

The driver was arrested for possession and transportation of narcotics. No word on where the drugs originated.

 
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