Thursday drug bust near Geneseo

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

(Sept. 17, 2010) -- Illinois State Police District 7 announced a significant drug arrest that occurred on I-80 at Mile Marker 21.

On Thursday, Sept. 16.  at approximately 1:10 p.m., Illinois State Police Troopers stopped a Silver Lexus SUV for following too closely on I-80 East Bound in the vicinity of Mile Marker 20 (1 Mile East of Geneseo).

During a vehicle search, approximately 16.8 pounds of suspected brown heroin was located. The driver, Lucas Mendiola, 36, of Santa Anna, California taken into custody.

Mendiola was transported to Henry County Jail on charges of: Possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver and trafficking. He is currently held on $500,000 bond.

Inquiries on further charges can be referred to the Henry County States Attorney's Office. All persons charged are presumed innocent of all charges until proven in a court of law.