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Police seize $100,000 worth of Mexican heroin near east-central Fresno school

Fresno police seized this kilogram of heroin Tuesday. It’s valued at $100,000.
Fresno police seized this kilogram of heroin Tuesday. It’s valued at $100,000. rappleton@fresnobee.com

Fresno police arrested one man Tuesday near Scandinavian Middle School in east-central Fresno and seized a kilogram of heroin – a street value of $100,000.

“It’s rare to get this much heroin in one arrest,” Sgt. Timothy Tietjen said in a news conference outside the Happy Market convenience store at the northeast corner of Shields and Maple avenues.

Tietjen said the suspect, identified as Ricardo Alvarez, had been selling heroin in the market’s parking lot, in a nearby apartment complex and close to Scandinavian. Detectives have been tracking an influx of heroin into Fresno over the last few months, and the operation’s close proximity to children prompted immediate action.

Alvarez told police he was from Mexico, Tietjen said. Detectives believe the heroin is also from Mexico, and they are looking into possible connections with drug cartels.

Tietjen said police are looking at other people believed to be involved with the heroin ring, but he would not give any more details.

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