By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 17, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Two men are facing federal drug charges stemming from a $2.5 million heroin drug bust that took place during a traffic stop in North Dakota.

KXMB-TV (https://bit.ly/1Lr4NF1 ) reports that the state charges against 47-year-old Frank Villa and 56-year-old Charles Ahumada have been dismissed, and instead, the men are facing federal counts involving possession and distribution of a controlled substance.

Authorities say a North Dakota Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a car with Nevada license plates in December on Interstate 94. With the help of a K9 unit, the trooper discovered 4.5 pounds of heroin wrapped in bricks. The drug was valued at $2.5 million.

Villa is from Tempe, Arizona, and Ahumada is from Tucson, Arizona. Villa’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment, and Ahumada’s attorney couldn’t be reached.

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Information from: KXMB-TV, https://www.kxnet.com

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