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Connecticut driver stopped with 34,000 heroin bags

Associated Press

Publication: theday.com

Published June 11. 2013 12:00PM   Updated June 11. 2013 12:05PM

Waterbury (AP) — Waterbury police say they seized more than 34,000 bags of heroin from a car after stopping the driver for traffic violations.

Police say 23-year-old Traci Basta was pulled over Monday morning because she was not wearing a seatbelt and didn't signal for a turn.

Inside the Toyota Camry, police said they found bags filled with plastic-wrapped bricks of heroin. The drugs have an estimated value of $350,000.

The Republican-American reports that Basta told police she was borrowing the car from a friend.

Basta was charged with possession of more than an ounce of heroin and illegal possession near a school zone, in addition to being ticketed for motor vehicle infractions. She is being held on a $200,000 bond.

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