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California Standoff Ends In Record $3 Million Heroin Bust

California Standoff Ends In Record $3 Million Heroin Bust

Police seized 76 pounds of black tar heroin — worth about $3 million — Monday following a SWAT standoff in the 1200 block of King Street. (Courtesy photo)

Associated Press

July 28, 2011

San Bernardino, CA (AP) — Police have found $3 million worth of heroin inside a San Bernardino home where a man was barricaded after firing a weapon in his front yard.

Investigators say a neighbor called police Monday night because 33-year-old Frank Javier Cardona was firing a weapon in his front yard. Cardona went inside the house by the time officers arrived and there was a 45-minute standoff before he was arrested by a SWAT team.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says a search of the home uncovered 76 pounds of black-tar heroin packaged for sale. Narcotics investigators estimate the street value at $3 million.

Cardona has been booked for investigation of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of a firearm. Bail is set at more than $2 million.

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