SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - A South Bend man with an alleged "California connection" is behind bars for receiving more than 100 pounds of meth and heroin.
The case perhaps proves that it's a small world after all.
Police first got wind of the situation Monday when someone driving through Oklahoma was stopped for the improper use of a turn signal
That small infraction led to big things. Police found duffel bags full of more than $1 million worth of illegal drugs, including meth and heroin. In total, police reportedly uncovered 120 pounds of meth and 1 kilogram of heroin.
One of the occupants of the vehicle told police they picked up the bags in San Diego and that the shipment was headed to a home in South Bend.
"We made arrangements and had the delivery sent to our law enforcement partners in Indiana. They delivered it to a home in South Bend, Indiana. When the person at this home took custody of it, he was arrested and placed into custody, as well as two other individuals in the house," Mark Woodward with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics told Oklahoma News 4. "I-40 and I-35 drugs that enter, whether it's Tijuana, San Diego, or Ciudad and El Paso, oftentimes drugs destined for places like Chicago, Detroit, New York and Atlanta do make their way heading east or northwest. It's very critical that we continue to keep that pressure on our highways."
Agents replaced the drugs with a sham substance and delivered them to the South bend home. They say 31-year-old Bradley Burns ran from the home as police approached, but he was apprehended.
Burns, of South Bend, was arrested for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He faces a detention hearing in U.S. District Court in South Bend next week.
One of the occupants of the vehicle reportedly indicated they had made three previous trips to California to pick up controlled substances and bring them back to South Bend.
Court documents indicate that last May a trained narcotics canine alerted police to a package that had the presence of narcotics. The package had a return address of a home on Kentucky Street, where Burns was arrested. Inside the package, investigators found U.S. currency and money orders in excess of $17,000.
Agents obtained a search warrant and reportedly found the following items in the Kentucky Street home: a .38-caliber revolver, an AK-47-style rifle, an AR-style rifle, a money counting machine, United States currency, receipts for money orders, a heat sealing machine, heat sealing bags, a small quantity of fentanyl, a cutting agent and cellphones.