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MADISON COUNTY, Ill. – More than 5 ½ kilos of heroin was seized Friday morning during a traffic stop in Madison County, Ill.

An Illinois State Police trooper pulled over a 1999 silver Dodge Durango around 10 a.m. on northbound Interstate 55 near milepost 7 for an improper display of a license plate.

During the traffic stop, the trooper noticed the driver of the vehicle, identified as 46-year-old Rodolfo Hernandez-Flores of Tijuana, Mexico, was nervous. The officer called a K-9 unit to the scene, and the dog alerted police to drugs hidden in an engine compartment.

When officers searched the vehicle, multiple vacuum-sealed bags of heroin were found. Police say the drugs have a street value between $125,000 and $250,000.

Hernandez-Flores was taken into custody and charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin. He was also issued a warning for his license plate violation.

Police say Hernandez-Flores was headed to Columbus, Ohio.

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