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Heroin Bust in Durham Takes 2 Kilos off Streets

Posted May 14, 2007 11:00 p.m. EDT

— Durham police said Monday that they charged a Texas man and two from Michigan with having two kilograms of heroin that could have been worth more than $2 million if it had reached street sales.

The seizure from a car that the men had driven to a Fayetteville Road convenience store just off Interstate 40 on Friday was one of the largest the department has ever made, officials said.

Investigators charged Arturo Salinas Rivera, 38, of Dallas; Esteban Rivera Martinez, 35, of Pontiac, Mich., and Alberto Tellez Cerano, 21, of Shelby Township, Mich., with trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to traffic and possession with intent to manufacture sell or deliver. Cerano was charged with maintaining a vehicle for drug use, too, police said.

May 7, police said, investigators had stopped a car on the Durham Freeway near I-40 and seized heroin and 58 pounds of marijuana.

Both arrests involved black tar heroin, police said.