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Grand jury indicts four on heroin-trafficking charges

Updated Wednesday, July 24, 2013 | 2:27 p.m.

A Clark County grand jury handed up indictments Wednesday in two heroin-trafficking cases.

Heroin, which is estimated to have a street value of $100 per gram, appears to be making a comeback in Clark County, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Tina Sedlock.

The drug was recently found to have contributed to the death of ‘Glee’ actor Cory Monteith, 31, who overdosed on heroin and alcohol earlier this month in Canada.

The indictment against Arnoldo Cano Portillo, 45, Cesar Adrian Iglesias-Perales, 33, and Isaias Ponce Silvas, 19, was the result of a lengthy investigation that went on for more than a year, Sedlock said.

The indictment charges each with one felony count of conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, one count trafficking in a controlled substance and one count transport of a controlled substance. The three are scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Aug. 6 before Clark County District Judge Douglas Herndon.

The case involved 1,514 grams of heroin, Sedlock said.

In a separate case, Marco Antonio Cortes-Arreola, 24, was indicted on one felony count of trafficking in a controlled substance. He is accused of trafficking 1,120 grams of heroin, Sedlock said.

Cortes-Arreola is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. Aug. 5 before Clark County District Judge Carolyn Ellsworth.

The four indicted men are in custody in the Clark County Detention Center. Bond for Portillo and Iglesias-Perales is set at $250,000; Ponce Silvas’ bond is $100,000; and Cortes-Arreola’s bond is $200,000.

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