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Eight kilos of heroin seized in Rankin County

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Rankin County officials may have made the largest drug bust in state history on Saturday morning.

It was a collaborative effort between the Rankin County Sheriff's Department and Pearl Police that led to the seizure of eight kilos of heroin, possibly worth more than $1million dollars.

"I know it's a record seizure for Rankin County and could possibly be for the state," said Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey.

The massive drug bust was made about 7 a.m. on I-20 in Brandon.

Investigators believe the two men, who were arrested, were headed to the east coast with the heroin.

In a press release sent by the Rankin County Sheriff's Department, the two men arrested were identified as Marlon Gonzales-Reyes of Guatemala and Alberto R. Estrada of Canoga Park, CA. The men were transported to the Rankin County Jail.

The drugs, wrapped unsuspiciously to the naked eye, are worth a fortune.

"Once they got it cut down, it would be worth over $1 million," added Pearl Police Chief Ben Schuler.

"This one stop saved up to no telling how many lives," said Sheriff Bailey.

The way these guys were transporting the drugs was a bit unusual. They hid the heroin in the vehicle by cutting out a portion of the battery to place the drugs in. The other portion was used for a motorcycle battery to run the vehicle.

Pearl Police Chief Ben Schuler says officers across the country seize only about 10% of the drugs on the nation's highways, meaning 90% make it to the streets.

"In an ounce you probably won't have but 20% dope and the rest cut, that's all it takes to get people high and kill them," said Chief Schuler.

Both suspects will have an initial appearance before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel and District Attorney Michael Guest on charges of: possession of more than thirty grams of heroin and conspiracy to possess more than thirty grams of heroin.

The case is still under investigation by the Pearl Police Department, Rankin County Sheriffs Office, Rankin Madison District Attorney's Office, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Jackson Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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