Metro Nashville public information officer Don Aaron gave credit the department’s narcotics dog, Boston, for helping to find the heroin.
Officer Joe Simonik stopped a Dodge Charger on Interstate 40 Wednesday at Charlotte Pike. Boston, sniffed the outside of the Charger and indicated a drug smell was coming from the truck. Inside, a bag that belonged to Roberto Hernandez, 25, of Arkansas, a passenger in the car, was a red fire extinguisher that appeared to have been tampered with.
Detectives dismantled the fire extinguisher and found a package that contained 16.8 pounds of heroin.
Hernandez claimed an unknown person in Arkansas approached him and asked to bring the fire extinguisher to Nashville in exchange for a job.
Hernanez was charged with possession of heroin for resale and was held on $250,000 bond. The investigation into the incident remained ongoing.