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Pair Nabbed in Bucks County, Charged With Trafficking Huge Drug Cache

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By Brad Segall

BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS) — Police in Bensalem, Bucks County, say a drug bust has taken more than ten million dollars worth of narcotics off the streets of the Philadelphia area.

Police conducting a surveillance detail near State Road and American Drive on Sunday night saw a suspicious vehicle and decided to investigate.  They say two men drove off in the tractor-trailer with California registration plates, which was later stopped for a traffic violation.

Inside the truck, according to Bensalem public safety director Fred Harran, was 15 kilos of heroin and 20 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of over $10 million.

“We probably stopped a good load of drugs that were heading to the Delaware Valley,” he says.  “They were heading probably to this region, to the five-county area, for distribution: broken down and sold on the streets.”

Taken into custody were Esteban Velasco and Juan Nolasco, both of California.  They were being held in lieu of $1 million bail each.

Harran says there’s huge demand for heroin on the streets, and he believes his officers may have saved a lot of lives.