Six pounds of heroin found during stop


Around 11:20 a.m., a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy pulled over a vehicle in the 3900 block of Petaluma Hill Road when the driver was seen talking on a cell phone while driving.

The driver, later identified as 34-year-old Israel Corona of Santa Rosa, appeared nervous and told the deputy that he was unlicensed. A Department of Motor Vehicles check on Corona confirmed that information, the sheriff's department said.

He was arrested and when the car was searched, the deputy found heroin wrapped in cellophane inside a shopping bag. The six pounds of heroin have been estimated as having a street value of about $90,000.

Corona was booked on no-bail status into the Sonoma County jail for possession of heroin for sale, transportation of narcotics and being an unlicensed driver.

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