Traffic stop yields three kilos of heroin

Three kilos of heroin

A traffic stop by a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy yielded a significant payload of heroin early Monday, Feb. 13. 

According to a press release from the sheriff's office, a deputy stopped a GMC SUV for an obscured license plate in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 near the 843 mile marker. 

But when the officer approached the driver, the press release said he seemed "extremely nervous." 

When officers asked the driver where he was coming from and where he was headed, police say the driver told a tall tale. 

"The driver advised that he was returning to Clifton, VA from visiting a 86 (year-old) friend that was hospitalized in Houston," the press release said. "When the deputy asked which hospital, the driver responded "Texas Children's." 

After officers obtained consent to search the driver's vehicle, the press release said they found three bundles covered in duct tape, packages police later identified as pure heroin with an approximate street value of $250,000.  

Police identified the driver as 64-year-old Ronald Clifton Brown of Clifton, VA. 

Brown was booked into the Jefferson County Jail for possession of a controlled substance and his bond is $100,000, according to the press release.