California man stopped had five pounds of fentanyl, police say

HENRY COUNTY — A California man faces federal drug charges after local police found narcotics in his car during a Henry County traffic stop, officers said.

Members of the Proactive Criminal Enforcement (PACE) team, a multi-jurisdiction task force patrolling Interstate 70 looking for drug-traffickers, arrested Gustavo Romero, 41, after finding two bags containing fentanyl, a highly addictive painkiller, according to police reports.

Henry County Sheriff’s Department deputy David Glover stopped a car in Henry County on Monday afternoon along eastbound I-70. The driver was behaving suspiciously, and Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Ernstes and his K9 partner, Manni, were called to assist with searching the vehicle.

Officers found bags containing 2.2 pounds each of fentanyl, as well as a methamphetamine pipe the driver discarded on the roadway, reports state.

Romero is being held in federal custody in Indianapolis pending formal charges.