PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) – Officials say $2.5 million worth of deadly fentanyl pills are off the streets of Phoenix after a traffic stop turned up a cache drugs.
Phoenix Police Department officials say their officers, working as part of a DEA task force, seized 137,000 fentanyl pills along with other drugs during a recent investigation. Police learned earlier this month about a local drug trafficker who was involved with large quantities of fentanyl pills. Once investigators developed enough information, task force members, led by a Phoenix Police sergeant, stopped 20-year-old Alexis Meza in his car near 24th Street and Thomas Road Thursday afternoon.
According to court documents, police searched Meza’s car and found a small backpack under the front passenger seat that contained several hundred pills that officers believed to be counterfeit oxycodone. They also found a box in the truck of the car that had 33 burrito-shaped packages containing fentanyl tablets. In total, 120,000 fentanyl pills were found in the box.
After the traffic stop, officers went to Meza’s apartment near Indian School Road and 43rd Avenue and there they found a large quantity of methamphetamine, fentanyl pills, cocaine and marijuana. Investigators also found numerous guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition inside the home.
In all, the task force seized, 137,100 fentanyl pills, 3 kilograms of fentanyl, 38 pounds of methamphetamine, a pound of marijuana, 7 handguns, 2 rifles, ammunition, four vehicles and $5,000. Meza was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on various drug charges.
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