PD: Man caught hauling 3 kilos of heroin on I-70

Posted at 10:17 AM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 10:26:11-05

EATON, Ohio -- A 63-year-old man is in court for a detention hearing Thursday after Ohio state troopers said they found three kilograms of heroin stashed in his car during a traffic stop Friday.

Rolf E. Krueger was stopped on eastbound I-70 in Preble County and admitted he was to be paid $5,000 for carrying the heroin from Arizona to New York, according to an affidavit filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court by a special agent of the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The documents report that a trooper noticed a Dodge Durango rapidly decelerating after passing the trooper's car and then accelerating to more than 75 mph in a 70-mph zone. Krueger was driving a Volkswagen Jetta closely behind the Durango, so the trooper pull both drivers over. 

The affidavit states the driver of the Durango appeared "overly nervous" and claimed to be driving from Chicago to Columbus to visit his girlfriend. The special agent emphasized that the driver had no luggage visible in the vehicle, along with a handwritten note of the address.

Krueger claimed to be traveling from Arizona to Massachusetts to visit his grandchildren by car because he was afraid of flying. The affidavit said that both cars were emanating an "overwhelming odor of air freshener."

A drug dog alerted the trooper to narcotics before troopers found the heroin in a hidden compartment in the Jetta. Krueger admitted to hauling drugs and that he previously delivered another three kilos of heroin to New York state, the affidavit said.

Krueger is currently incarcerated at the Butler County Jail.