Heroin found in fire extinguishers on bus

Sheriff’s deputies searching a commercial passenger bus with a K-9 unit on Tuesday morning uncovered nearly 16 pounds of heroin — all of it hidden in two fire extinguishers.

The deputies pulled the bus over for a traffic violation on Interstate 12 and searched the luggage compartment for drugs with a dog named Jumma, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

When Jumma alerted the deputies to a narcotic odor, the deputies found the two fire extinguishers that held 7.2 kilograms — or 15.8 pounds — of heroin in plastic bags, Hicks said.

Deputies arrested Juan Vasquez, 26, of McAllen, Texas, on a count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Central house fire still under investigation

Central firefighters say they are still working to determine the cause of a house fire that broke out on Lindsey Neal Drive just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters arrived at 6332 Lindsey Neal Drive to find the home’s living room on fire but managed to save the rest of the home from the flames, said Derek Glover, a Central Fire Department spokesman. The rest of the home did suffer damage from heat, smoke and water, Glover said.

A bystander reported the fire, Glover said. Had the call arrived just a few minutes later, the fire would have spread to the roof and destroyed the house, Glover said.

No one was home when the fire began, and no one was injured. The Red Cross was notified to help any displaced residents.

Man arrested in Gardere murder

Sheriff’s deputies arrested the 22-year-old sought in the murder of a 32-year-old man on Port Drive in Gardere on Saturday morning.

Marcus Dominique, 1770 Port Drive, was booked into Parish Prison late Monday night on counts of second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon.

Deputies had issued an arrest warrant for Dominique on Sunday night, accusing him of shooting Eric Kinchen in the 1600 block of Port Drive about 10 a.m.

Kinchen was taken to a hospital, where he died from gunshot wounds.

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