gavelA Sacramento, California man busted early this year while hauling heroin through Mohave County has escaped a prison sentence. Superior Court Judge Steve Conn placed Oscar Franco, 41, on probation for five years during his August 15 sentencing hearing.

Judge Conn ordered that Franco must complete a 250 day jail sentence as a term of probation.

Franco was stopped on Interstate 15 in north Mohave County in January. Authorities found 4 /12 pounds of heroin concealed inside a fire extinguisher in his vehicle.