Pennsylvania State Police say an Ephrata. Pa. man is accused of having a huge amount of heroin in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Interstate 81 in Susquehanna County.

Troopers pulled 32-year-old Alexander Moronta over shortly after 8:30 a.m. on December 1 on I-81 North in New Milford for window tint and registration violations on his black 2012 Nissan Infinity M37. 

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)
Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)


Authorities say they noticed indicators of criminal activity and Moronta agreed to a vehicle search.  Troopers say they found around 306 bricks or 15,300 individual bags of suspected heroin in the trunk.  According to recent media reports, a single brick of heroin has an estimated value on the street of up to $250.00, putting the estimated street value of the drugs discovered in the  December 1 traffic stop at around $76,500.

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Moronta is charged with criminal possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sent to the Susquehanna County Jail on $150,000 bail.

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