Two Major Drug Busts In The Area

Rodolfo Hernandez-Flores

Law enforcement agencies conducted two significant drug busts recently.

A quarter-million dollars worth of heroin is off the street thanks to a routine traffic stop in Edwardsville. Illinois State troopers pulled over an SUV on I-55 last Friday for a problem with the license plate. Noticing the driver, 46 year old Rodolfo Hernandez-Flores, of Tijuana, Mexico, was unusually nervous, they called for a K-9 unit, which sniffed out 11 pounds of heroin in vacuum-sealed bags. State police say Flores admitted he was driving 5.5 kilos of heroin in a hidden engine compartment to Ohio from Tijuana. He was charged with alleged Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin and issued a warning for his license plate infraction. He was transported to the Madison County Jail.

Scott A. Hassebrock of Mascoutah, was arrested by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Southern Illinois Drug Task Force on April 9th following a covert purchase of cannabis in the Witt area. During the covert purchase, Hassebrock allegedly delivered a quarter pound of suspected cannabis to officers. Hassebrock was taken to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges and a bail amount and additional evidence from the investigation led to a search warrant being executed at his Mascoutah home, where another 5 pounds of cannabis was allegedly found.

Montgomery County Undersheriff Rick Robbins says in addition to charges in Montgomery County, Hassebrock is facing multiple charges in St. Clair County.