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Police seize white heroin, cash, gun and arrest four in Moorhead

MOORHEAD - Authorities in Moorhead seized $2,000 worth of white heroin, a semi-automatic handgun and $2,600 overnight during an investigation that also led to the arrest of four people.

A traffic stop in the 1800 block of 20th Street South Moorhead led to the seizure of 41 bindles of white heroin, which is similar in appearance to a powder cocaine and very rare in the region, Moorhead Lt. Brad Penas said. Black tar heroin is more common in the area, he said.

During the traffic stop, police arrested Alfredo Portales, 32, believed to be from Wisconsin, and Reva Martinez, 30, unknown address, according to a news release.

Portales is being held on suspicion of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm. Martinez is being held on suspicion of first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

A search warrant was then executed that resulted in the seizure of three-fourths of a pound of marijuana and a small amount of white heroin. That led to the arrest of Raul Garcia, 28, Moorhead, who is being held on suspicion of second-degree and fourth-degree controlled substance possession, the release said.

Police also arrested Ruben Medrano, 39, Moorhead, during the investigation on outstanding felony warrants, the release said.

Authorities from the Moorhead Police Department, Clay County Sheriff's Department, West Fargo Police Department and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations conducted the investigation, the release said.