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$1 million of heroin seized at airport, police ID men arrested

Updated Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 | 1:13 p.m.

$1 million heroin bust at McCarran

Police say about $1 million in black tar heroin was contained in luggage that was seized at McCarran International Airport. Launch slideshow »

Heroin arrests at McCarran

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Metro Police arrested two men at McCarran International Airport on Saturday afternoon after seizing more than $1 million of black tar heroin in the largest bust of its kind in recent history, authorities said. Police on Sunday identified the two men.

Detectives responded to reports of suspicious baggage, which contained bundles of an unknown substance, at about 3:30 p.m. at the request of airport police, Metro Lt. Laz Chavez said.

Detectives determined the substance was heroin — about 7 pounds worth — bound for Indianapolis on a flight from Las Vegas with a layover in a Chicago, police said. The second suspect had luggage containing 5.6 pounds of heroin, officials said.

The drugs have a street value of $1.05 million, Chavez said. It was the “largest heroin seizure in recent memory,” he said.

The two men arrested were identified Sunday as Jose Villarreal-Gazaviz, 31, from Nayarit, Mexico, and Jessie Gallegos, 47, of Phoenix.

Chavez said the two suspects were not cooperating with authorities and were arrested. They face federal charges of distributing heroin and conspiracy to distribute, authorities said.

Metro’s narcotics K-9 unit responded to the incident and a dog “alerted” on the bags, police said. Metro detectives are continuing the investigation with the help of the Drug Enforcement Agency.

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  1. Chunky says:

    The stuff that killed Ted Binion... supposedly!

    Definitely big league dope!

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  2. Chunky, you mean "Definitely big league dopes" -- unless you weren't referring to the two mules that got caught and will be spending a few years as Nevada's guests!

  3. Great job Metro and airport police.

  4. good job metro some more scum bags off the streets

  5. The "War on Drugs"...
    has killed so many innocent people over the past few years, you HAVE TO WONDER;
    Why do we continue to use the same failed policies to fight it?
    It's way past time to flush the current strategies and start with a fresh perspective;
    As long as America has a VORACIOUS APPETITE for illegal dope, there will be CRIMINALS WILLING TO SUPPLY IT.
    We're fighting this battle from the WRONG END!!!

  6. Good work Metro including the K9,...and congratulations to airport police who alerted them.

    As for the mules,...threaten them with freedom, that should make them cooperate. I'm guessing they are far safer in a cell than out running loose.

    What do you think Chunky?

  7. WHO supplied Binion with that alleged "H" ????

    Hummmmmmmm, And what about one of those poor celebs that died from "nose candy?"

    hummmmmmmm?

    The crack investigators didn't go that far did they?

    7 pounds, they probably picked it up for $79,000 from are "allies" in Afghanistan, probably from some one in the government.

    They always pump up the value, by belching out some "divided up" retail value. Then they take all the kitchen knives, ceremonial daggers, muskets from over the mantles and lay them out on a table, making it look "dangerous."

    Good diversion on the part of the drug cartels, while these "mules" were getting busted (probably set-up) the container full of "smack" rolled in on the I15.

    Drug gangs win the drug war every-time. A non-story for the "news-managed" chumps.

  8. I just got a $40,000/year prison bill for each one.
    The oatmeal and farina diet is best for these guys.

  9. and Black Tar Heroin in not a street drug choice. Very small market, very few users. That is a lot of one $hitty drug.

  10. they will post bond and be released by tuesday. See ya

  11. If there wasn't a demand for narcotics, there would not be a supply, cartels would not exist. America can not even say no to CHEESEBURGERS, much less heroin. Why blame the supplier, ignoring our demand for oxycotin, cocaine, heroin, glue. booze, and dare I say it, gambling. America's problem is Americas demand. Cut the demand; cut the supply, not the other way around. Good job doggie.

  12. the mugshots look like pictures of the same guy, before and after sampling the product!