Modesto police arrested a husband and wife after seizing more than 26 pounds of heroin concealed in a box of diapers that was potentially worth millions, authorities announced Wednesday.
The drugs were allegedly discovered after a vehicle being driven by 34-year-old Israel Alcazar was pulled over by law enforcement in the area of Highway 99 and Keyes Road shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to a Modesto Police Department News release.
Also in the vehicle at the time were Alcazar's wife, 20-year-old Isabel Soto-Mandragon, and the couple's 10-month-old baby, according to police.
While conducting the traffic stop, a K-9 officer named "Stryker" discovered the scent of drugs inside the car and alerted its handler, the release stated.
Investigators checked the car and discovered the heroin hidden in a diaper box, according to the release.
During their investigation of the couple, the Modesto Narcotics Enforcement Team served a search warrant on Alcazar and Soto-Mondragon’s home and found a handgun along with evidence of alleged drug sales, police officials said. More than $1,200 in cash was also seized.
The heroin found had not been "cut" yet and was in an "extremely pure form," according to the release. Police estimated the street value of the pure form ranged between $8,000 and $10,000.
Once cut, however, the street value of the drugs would have skyrocketed to more than $2.3 million dollars, the release said.
Modesto police have called the heroin bust one of the biggest in the city's history, KTLA sister station Fox 40 reported.
Alcazar and Soto-Mondragon were each booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance and felony child endangerment, according to authorities. Alcazar was also charged with being armed in the commission of a felony.
Their baby was taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services.