20,000 Fentanyl pills seized in traffic stop

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit made another bust… This time – 20,000 fentanyl pills, with an estimated street value of $400,000, were seized from the trunk of an SUV during a traffic stop on Thursday. So that makes a total of 72,000 pills seized just by our K9 team in five days.

Here is what’s crazy! Since January 2021, our K9 unit alone has prevented more than 240,000 pills (estimated value of $4.8 million) from getting trafficked across Arizona and to the rest of the United States. That is a dramatic increase of 1500% when you compare it to the last 6 months of 2020. Between July and December 2020, our K9 unit seized only 15,000 pills.

“Much of the illegal fentanyl being produced is coming from our southern border. Securing our border isn’t just about immigration, it’s about making it more difficult for the cartel to get these extremely dangerous drugs from coming into our country.“ said Sheriff David Rhodes. “Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than morphine and it is killing thousands of Americans every year.”

The suspect in Thursday’s stop, 23-year-old Andres Herrera of Phoenix, is facing multiple drug charges to include transportation of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of narcotic drugs for sale, and possession of narcotic drugs.

“Or K9 team is doing a fantastic job in preventing these dangerous drugs from making it into our community and communities across America,” said Sheriff David Rhodes. “While we do what we can to hurt the supply, there wouldn’t be a supply without a demand. So we hope that if you know someone who suffers from addiction, please get them the help they need.”

Call the AHCCCS Crisis Hotline at (877) 757-4090.


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