72,000 fentanyl pills seized in Yavapai County this week, 1,500% increase in seizures from 2020

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Posted at 2:59 PM, Apr 02, 2021

Three people have been arrested after being busted with a total of 72,000 fentanyl pills in two separate instances in Yavapai County this week.

Thursday, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies seized 20,000 fentanyl pills that were hidden in a storage compartment in the trunk of an SUV, from 21-year-old Andres Herrara during a traffic stop. Deputies say the pills have an estimated street value of $400,000.

Earlier in the week, YCSO says they also seized 52,000 fentanyl pills from a mother and father duo that hid the pills in a child car seat. The couple was arrested for trafficking the drugs that had an estimated street value of $1.4 million.

Officials say they have seen a 1,500% increase in fentanyl seizures compared to the last 6 months of 2020.

"These drugs are flooding into our state from the southern border, making its way across the US. We have seen a 1500% increase so far this year when we compare our seizures to the last 6 months of 2020," said Sheriff David Rhodes, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office in a statement. "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's a dramatic increase from the only 15,000 seized between July and December 2020."

Deputies say Herrera is currently facing multiple drug charges including transportation and possession of narcotic drugs for sale.