Drug Runner Accused of Moving One Kilo of Heroin Through I90 Convicted

HAMMOND, CA – Renato Salazar-Lopez, age 37, of San Ysidro, California, was convicted late yesterday, after a one-day jury trial in the Hammond District Court of possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio presided over this jury trial.

According to evidence presented at trial, on September 28, 2018, on Interstate 90 near the Portage Toll Plaza, a Hobart police officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Renato Salazar-Lopez.  During a search of the vehicle, police recovered approximately 4.8 kilograms of heroin in the trunk.

Sentencing is scheduled to take place on February 16, 2021.