NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Metro Nashville Police K-9 and detectives found more than $1 million worth of heroin, concealed in a fire extinguisher.
A continuing investigation by the police department’s Major Case Task Force, DEA and TBI into heroin and opioid trafficking led to a traffic stop on Wednesday.
Officers stopped a Dodge Charger on I-40 at Charlotte Pike. K-9, Boston, sniffed the outside of the Charger, indicating that a drug odor was coming from the trunk. That's where they found a bag with a red fire extinguisher inside that appeared to have been tampered with.
The bag belonged to 25-year-old Roberto Hernandez of Arkansas, a passenger in the car.
Detectives dismantled the fire extinguisher and found a package containing 16.8 pounds of heroin.
Hernandez claimed that he was approached by an unknown person in Arkansas and asked to bring the fire extinguisher to Nashville in exchange for a job.
He was charged with possession of heroin for resale and is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.