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Nashville detectives find more than $1 million worth of heroin in fire extinguisher

Staff Reports • May 4, 2018 at 3:30 PM

Metro Nashville police detectives found more than $1 million worth of heroin, destined for the streets of Nashville, hidden in a fire extinguisher Wednesday.

Metro Nashville public information officer Don Aaron gave credit the department’s narcotics dog, Boston, for helping to find the heroin.

Officer Joe Simonik stopped a Dodge Charger on Interstate 40 Wednesday at Charlotte Pike. Boston, sniffed the outside of the Charger and indicated a drug smell was coming from the truck. Inside, a bag that belonged to Roberto Hernandez, 25, of Arkansas, a passenger in the car, was a red fire extinguisher that appeared to have been tampered with.

Detectives dismantled the fire extinguisher and found a package that contained 16.8 pounds of heroin.

Hernandez claimed an unknown person in Arkansas approached him and asked to bring the fire extinguisher to Nashville in exchange for a job.

Hernanez was charged with possession of heroin for resale and was held on $250,000 bond. The investigation into the incident remained ongoing.

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