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Sheriff: Traffic stop nets drugs worth $500K

Posted at 10:47 AM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-15 18:06:45-05

Deputies found more than $500,000-worth of drugs during a traffic stop Saturday, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say they found more than 8 pounds of heroin and nearly 5 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the engine compartment of a car they searched as part of a traffic stop around 9:30 a.m. in a parking lot near NW 48th and West O streets in Lincoln.

The Sheriff’s Office says deputies made contact with the driver, 34-year-old Oscar Garcia, of Mission Hills, California, after he violated a stop sign.

Four other people and a 1-year-old child were passengers in the vehicle at the time, according to deputies.

All five adults will face charges in connection with the drugs and a citation for child abuse. The child was placed with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Garcia and 27-year-old Cristobal Yucupicio face charges of possession with intent to deliver more than 140 grams of meth and heroin.

Carolina Lara, 21, Victor Avalos, 23, and Marilyn Prado, 21, face charges of aiding and abetting a felony.

Investigators say they are still trying to determine where the drugs came from and where they were headed.