Traffic stop nets drug bust valued at over $25 million in Wayne County, Indiana

California woman arrested, facing federal charges

Traffic stop nets drug bust valued at over $25 million in Wayne County, Indiana
Contributed Photo/Wayne County, Indiana Sheriff's Office

WAYNE COUNTY, Ind. — A traffic stop on Interstate 70 in Wayne County, Indiana Wednesday netted a huge bust of fentanyl, heroin, and some meth that had a street value estimated of at least $25 million, Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter said in a media release Friday.

A California woman, identified as Flerida Vianey Burgos Gonzalez, 38, was arrested and is facing several federal drug charges and remains in the Wayne County Jail, investigators said.

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Deputies said the car, driven by Gonzalez, was stopped by deputies after the car was found speeding through a construction zone on eastbound I-70 west of Richmond around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. A police K9 officer was requested after she attempted to hide drug paraphernalia that was observed in the car, investigators said.

“A subsequent search with the police canine uncovered approximately 16 kilograms of suspected fentanyl and 5 kilograms of suspected heroin, along with a small amount of methamphetamine,” Retter said in the release.

Flerida Vianey Burgos Gonzalez (Contributed Photo/Wayne County, Indiana Jail)
Flerida Vianey Burgos Gonzalez (Contributed Photo/Wayne County, Indiana Jail)

The street value of the drugs was estimated over $25 million. Retter added the amount of fentanyl alone was enough to kill millions of people.

“The drug seizure in this case was the largest in the recent history of Wayne County. Although we believe the destination for the drugs was the east coast, drug trafficking organizations such as this pose a great risk to the public safety in our community,” Retter said in the media release. “Parts of this shipment could have been easily redistributed in this area.”

“It is another example of our commitment to keep these dangerous drugs off the streets and the great work performed by the officers, even during this pandemic,” Retter said.