23 pounds of heroin netted in Madison County traffic stop; pair charged

J. Miramontes
J. Miramontes

A New Mexico couple face more than a century in prison after state police confiscated large amounts of alleged heroin and cocaine during a traffic stop on Interstate 70.

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said the police found 23 pounds of heroin and 10 pounds of cocaine in the car during the traffic stop on Oct. 23. Charges were filed Monday.

“Drug traffickers use our highways to deliver drugs to cities and towns across the country,” Gibbons said. “The unique location of Madison County at the crossroads of this country’s interstate highway system shows the need for increased drug-interdiction efforts along these ‘heroin highways’ to stop the flower of drugs that continue to harm our society.”

Jorge Miramontes, 28, and Erica Miramontes, 27, both are charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, a Class X enhanced felony punishable by 30 to 120 years in prison; and two counts of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, a Class X felony punishable by 15 to 60 years in prison.

Both defendants remained in custody Tuesday at the Madison County Jail on $500,000 bail.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald