COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI)-- Illinois lawmakers have gone on record as saying there's a state of emergency when it comes to the problem with heroin.
That made a recent bust near Collinsville all the more rewarding.
Top law enforcers are saluting the Illinois State Police troopers who pulled over 46-year-old Rodlofo Hernandez-Flores of Tijuana Mexico. He's charged with carrying 5 and half kilos of heroin, street value $250,000, in his truck through Madison County. Troopers in the ISP Narcotics Interdiction Unit have gone through a lot of specialized training. When they pull someone over, it's as if they've been educated to read a motorist's mind.
And that's how they say they nabbed a nervous Hernandez-Flores.
Heroin continues to be a huge problem in the St. Louis region. Paramedics carry a drug called Narcan, which can bring a heroin overdose patient back to life. Granite City firefighters have administered more than 260 doses in the last five years.
While people are applauding the work by state police, the Madison County state's attorney notes troopers and other agencies have been hit by budget cuts at the worst possible time.
No doubt in his mind this was the work of the Mexican drug cartel. The heroin in Hernandez-Flores' truck was stashed in a hidden compartment.