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A man captured during the biggest heroin bust in Nash County history has been sentenced to four years in federal prison.
Luis Octavio Gonzalez-Gonzalez, 32, previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin and aiding and abetting, according to a press release from Don Connelly, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr.
Deputies with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office Highway Interdiction Team stopped a Cadillac driven by Gonzalez-Gonzalez at 9 p.m. June 18, 2018, near mile marker 134 on Interstate 95.
The deputies observed marijuana residue on the floorboard and called in a drug-sniffing dog that indicated drugs were in the trunk, giving deputies probable cause to conduct a search, Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said at the time.
Deputies found a pillow stuffed with more than 1,400 grams of heroin, according to the sheriff’s office. That’s roughly 3.1 pounds — enough to be divided into 40,350 individual bindles with a total street value of $800,000, according to archived reports.
Gonzalez-Gonzalez has addresses in Four Oaks; Houston, Texas; and Tucson, Arizona; where he is registered as a sex offender for sexual conduct with a minor and molestation of a child.
The Nash County Sheriff’s Office received assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the N.C. Crime Lab during the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Dena King prosecuted the case. U.S. District Court Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Gonzalez-Gonzalez in a Raleigh federal courtroom.