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POLICE DISCOVER HEROIN IN MAIL

Police arrested two men Tuesday who are accused of hiding more than $40,000 worth of heroin hidden in a package filled with clocks, picture frames and children's toys.

The drugs had been mailed from Puerto Rico. Police learned about the narcotics through undercover drug purchases, and they were waiting for the men when they stepped off an airplane at Tampa International Airport, said police Capt. Hugh Miller.

Officers arrested Tampa residents Alexander Burgos, 25, of 3603 N Garrison St. and Jonathan Casiano Catalino, 22, of apartment 700, 12708 19th St. Tuesday after a flight from Puerto Rico.

Burgos, also known as Ivan Franco, works at Little Giant Towing, and faces charges of trafficking in illegal drugs, conspiracy to traffic in heroin and money laundering, among other charges, according to jail records.

Catalino, a laborer, faces charges of trafficking in illegal drugs, conspiracy to traffic in heroin and money laundering, among other charges, records show.

Both were arrested on Tuesday morning just after midnight and booked into the jail that afternoon, where they were held without bail, jail records show.

Catalino was arrested without any difficulty, Miller said, but Burgos head-butted an officer.

The Postal Service found the package that police suspected the men mailed, Miller said. Police opened it and found 1.1 pounds of heroin tucked neatly among children's playthings in an ordinary looking package.

"The package had summer vacation stuff, a couple things for the kids, a nice frame for mom and don't forget the two ledger books," Miller said, referring to two blank books he thinks would be used to tally up drug information.

News researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Abbie VanSickle can be reached at 226-3373 or vansickle@sptimes.com.

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