Men caught with $2M in heroin

Two men were arrested Wednesday after Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers stopped their vehicle on Interstate 70 just east of the Utah-Colorado border and allegedly found them in possession of more than $2 million worth of heroin.

The driver, Samuel Leon-Ruiz, 41, and Yahir Ruiz-Cota, 22, who had Mexican identification cards, were stopped traveling west on I-70 near mile marker 5, according to a task force news release issued Thursday. Both men consented to a search of the vehicle and officers found a hidden compartment containing 5.2 pounds of heroin and a large amount of cash. The estimated wholesale value of the heroin is $85,000, but the street value is estimated at more than $2 million, the task force said.

Leon-Ruiz told officers while he was being booked at the Mesa County Jail that he was previously convicted of trafficking three pounds of cocaine in Arizona. The men are being held on suspicion of money laundering and distribution of a controlled substance.

Read the full story in Friday’s Daily Sentinel.


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