Heroin and marijuana seized in drug busts in Houston County

Updated: Dec. 11, 2017 at 12:30 PM CST
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HOUSTON CO., AL (WSFA) - Three people are in custody after two drug busts in Houston County over the weekend.

The Houston County Sheriff's Office seized 2.2 pounds of heroin during a traffic stop Friday. The sheriff's office says the seizure was the result of an ongoing investigation with the FBI, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and Dothan police.

Rudyver Garcia, 30, of California, is now charged with trafficking heroin. He's being held on a $1.5 million bond. Police say Garcia intended to sell the drug in Dothan, and they're looking into other possible arrests. Investigators say the drugs were packaged in axle grease to throw off detection canines and then hidden in compartments within the suspect's vehicle.

The amount may not sound like a lot, but investigators say the drug has a street value of $300,000 and was enough for 10,000 doses.

Sheriff Donald Valenza says it's the most heroin he's seen seized in his 38 years with the department.

In a separate incident, two people were arrested in a marijuana drug bust Sunday. Kendall Renea Clark and Nathan Ryan Underwood, both 19, are charged with possession of marijuana first degree. Investigators say 9 ounces of high grade marijuana - packaged and ready to sell - were seized from a home off Chandler Street in Dothan. The arrests come after a month long investigation.

Both suspects were given $5,000 bonds.

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