Braselton Police seized approximately $135,000 (street value) worth of suspected heroin over the weekend and arrested two men suspected of trafficking the drug through the town. On Saturday, Braselton Police stopped a 2015 Toyota Highlander on I-85 northbound because it was missing an expiration decal on its New York license tag.
Two men, Tomas D. Hernandez and Victor Orlando Grullon, both of New York, were charged with one count each of trafficking heroin and possession of heroin with the intent to distribute. A drug dog was used during the search. Nearly $1,100 in cash was also taken during the search and the suspected heroin was located in the vehicle’s battery. The men were taken to the Jackson County jail where they are being held without bond.
The presence of heroin has increased in the past year.
“The reason we’re seeing a lot of heroin now is because it is cheaper than prescription pain pills,” said Braselton Police Chief Terry Esco.
Although Esco said the BPD can estimate the street value cost of the seized heroin, the actual weight has to be confirmed by the GBI crime lab.