State Police called it the largest seizure in decades
INDIANAPOLIS – On Wednesday, November 30, 2022, IMPD Interdiction Detectives received reliable information pertaining to a shipment of narcotics which would pass through Marion County, Indiana. Detectives used several investigative techniques and located the alleged suspect vehicle, a semi-tractor trailer, on Interstate 70 at Mile Marker 64.0 in Hendricks County.
During the investigation, IMPD Interdiction Detectives used an IMPD narcotics K-9 (Mina) who made a positive indication of narcotics odor on the semi-tractor and trailer in question. Officers contacted the driver, later identified as 50-year-old Mauro Alonzo-Vargas of Ennis, Texas. Interdiction detectives continued the investigation, and a search warrant was granted for the semi-tractor and trailer.
With the assistance of IMPD Safe Streets and the Northwest Violence Reduction Team, IMPD Criminal Interdiction Detectives located approximately 130 kilos of suspected cocaine, with an estimated street value of 13 million dollars.
The operator of the semi-tractor trailer, Alonzo-Vargas, was arrested and sent to the Hendricks County Jail.
The Hendricks County Prosecutor’s Office will review the case and make a final charging decision.
“This investigation indicates the great work of our Interdiction Detectives and the partnerships they have formed with other agencies to locate and remove illegal narcotics off the streets. IMPD continues to dedicate resources to combat crime with technology and the support of our community.” said IMPD Chief Randal Taylor.