Truck driver pleads not guilty to meth, heroin possession

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Updated: 5/03/2013 6:48 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- A Washington state truck driver has pled not guilty to having meth and heroin in his truck during a traffic stop.

A Nevada Highway Patrol Officer found 26 pounds of methamphetamine and six pounds of heroin in the tractor-trailer he was driving on Apr. 27 on U.S. Highway 6 in White Pine County, Nev., announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Victor H. Orozco, 38, of Grandview, Wash., is charged in a two-count federal indictment dated May 1, 2013, with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute heroin. He pleaded not guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Valerie P. Cooke and was detained pending trial.

If convicted on either count, Bogden says he faces at least 10 years and a maximum of life in prison. He also would face a $10 million fine.

Orozco, who was driving a tractor trailer containing watermelons, was pulled over by a Nevada Highway Patrol Officer. Orozco consented to a search of the tractor trailer, and the NHP Officer discovered the methamphetamine and heroin wrapped in plastic under the sleeping compartment of the tractor in a large, black duffel bag.

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