AZDPS TROOPERS SEIZE OVER 26 POUNDS OF FENTANYL PILLS (SOME COLORED) NEAR GILA BEND, ARIZONA

Arizona Dept of Pub Safety

Maricopa County, AZ - On Friday, September 23, 2022, Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) troopers responded to a U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) inspection checkpoint.

The checkpoint was located on State Route 85 at milepost 18, near Gila Bend, after a USBP canine alerted to a vehicle at the inspection.

A search of the suspect vehicle, a white Chevrolet Malibu sedan, revealed an aftermarket compartment in the vehicle containing:

  • Approximately 26.4 pounds of suspected fentanyl pills
  • 1.7 pounds of an unknown drug
  • .3 pounds of a brown powdery substance.

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26 Pounds of Seized Fentanyl

If you haven’t already, please talk to your loved ones - especially kids and teens - about the dangers of taking unknown pills.

Pills laced with potentially deadly amounts of fentanyl are now seen in many colors – not just blue – and may be labeled “M30” to resemble commonly prescribed oxycodone tablets.

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Colored Fentanyl (pictured above) is commonly referred to as "Rainbow" or "Candy" Fentanyl and a dose as small as 2 milligrams can be lethal.

Attached photos courtesy of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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