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Originally published Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 12:10 PM

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WA truck driver faces US drug charges in Nevada

A truck driver from Washington State has pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges after the Nevada Highway Patrol says he hid heroin and methamphetamine in his tractor trailer hauling watermelons.

The Associated Press

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RENO, Nev. —

A truck driver from Washington State has pleaded not guilty to federal drug charges after the Nevada Highway Patrol says he hid heroin and methamphetamine in his tractor trailer hauling watermelons.

A federal grand jury in Reno indicted 38-year-old Victor Orozco of Grandview, Wash., this week on charges of possession with intent to distribute both drugs.

A patrolman says he found 26 pounds of meth and six pounds of heroin when he pulled Orozco over for a commercial vehicle inspection last month on U.S. Highway 6 in White Pine County. He says he found the drugs wrapped in plastic in a duffel back in the sleeping compartment after Orozco consented to a search.

If convicted he faces 10 years to life in prison and up to a $10 million fine.

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