Traffic stop leads to heroin bust

Mug shot of Miguel Verduzco-Velazouez provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Dept.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Police confiscated over two pounds of heroin Thursday evening after a K-9 sniffed out the drugs in a car that had been stopped for a traffic violation near a cemetery on Fort Wayne’s southwest side.

According to the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, an officer stopped the car driven by Miguel Verduzco-Velazouez, 32, in the 6600 block of Covington Road near Greenlawn Cemetery.  When the officer checked Verduzco-Velazouez’s driver’s information, he found out that he was driving with a suspended license.  As the officer got out of his squad car, Verduzco-Velazouez got out of his car and took off running into the cemetery.  Other officers arrived on the scene and chased Verduzco-Velazouez for a short time before he was captured.

A K-9 unit was called in and that’s when police found out there could be narcotics in the car.  While searching the car they found one kilo or 2.2 pounds of heroin with an estimated street value of over $70,000.

Verduzco-Velazouez was the only person in the vehicle and he’s being held without bond in the Allen County Jail on multiple charges.

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