A big rig carrying nearly 120 kilograms of heroin valued at over $11 million was stopped on the 15 Freeway in Victorville on Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The truck was pulled over for speeding on the northbound freeway just past Highway 395 about 6:50 a.m., CHP Officer Leon Lopez told KTLA.
A K-9 alerted on the big rig, leading officers to 118 kilogram-sized packaged of heroin in the trailer, Lopez said.
The narcotics were found in the rear of the trailer mixed in with the truck’s load, CHP Officer Robert Mendenhall told Victor Valley News.
Mendenhall estimated the street value and weight of the heroin, saying it was the largest drug seizure in his 29-year CHP career.
The driver was arrested on suspicion of transportation and possession of narcotics. His story and nervousness, along with “criminal indicators,” drew attention, Mendenhall said.
The investigation and the evidence were being handed over the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Lopez said.
The vehicle was headed for Canada, Mendenhall told Victor Valley News.
The truck’s cab was labeled Jeak Logistics Inc. out of Ontario, Victor Valley News’ video from the scene showed.
KTLA’s Matt Phillips contributed to this article.