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$12M in heroin seized, two suspects arrested, in Orange County

TOWN OF WALLKILL – State Police seized some 12 kilograms of heroin worth over $1 million from a truck in the Town of Wawayanda. If cut and packaged for individual sales, it could bring in $12 million.

That is one of, if not the biggest, one-time seizure of the drug in Orange County, said District Attorney David Hoovler.

The tractor-trailer was pulled over on I-84 east near Middletown, in the Town of Wawayanda, for failure to have proper state tax decals. A K-9 unit was brought in and the drugs, in black wrapping and covered in cellophane, were discovered hidden in a secret compartment in the cab of the California-registered ruck.

Charged with first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance are the driver, Enrique Mendoza, 38, and Joaquin Hernandez, 34, both of Fresno, California. Both were committed to the Orange County Jail without bail. If convicted, each suspect could receive eight to 20 years in state prison.

Because the case is ongoing, neither official would discuss where the drugs had originated or where they were bound.