- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) - State police have arrested two California men on drug charges after finding more than 26 pounds of heroin in the cab of their tractor-trailer truck.

Thirty-eight-year-old Enrique Becerra-Mendoza and 35-year-old Joaquin Hernandez, both of Fresno, Calif., are charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Troopers stopped the two men on Wednesday afternoon on the eastbound side of Interstate 84 near New Hampton. A canine unit found the 12-kilogram stash of heroin in a hidden compartment inside the cab of the tractor-trailer rig.

Both men were arraigned in Town of Wawayanda Court and are being held without bail in Orange County Jail.

Authorities say the heroin has a street value of more than $1 million.



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