Feds seize thousands of fentanyl pills in Indian Country

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The Department of Interior says it’s seized nearly 10,000 fentanyl pills and other drugs during a weeklong operation on Arizona tribal land.

The sting also netted 48 pounds of methamphetamine, 863 pounds of marijuana, $30,000 in cash and 86 arrests. All in all, the street value of all the drugs seized was nearly $4.8 million.

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The department says its opioid reduction task force conducted the operation on the Tohono O’odham and Gila River reservations from May 15 to May 26 with the assistance of tribal police and other law enforcement authorities.

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Opioid overdoses claimed 800 lives in Arizona last year, and rural areas are particularly hit hard.

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