DPS: Suspect says 'You know what they are' when trooper finds 3,000 fentanyl pills

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Posted at 12:44 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 17:12:23-04

TEMPE, AZ — A DPS trooper found 3,000 fentanyl pills during a traffic stop in Tempe earlier this month.

The Department of Public Safety says on April 23 a trooper made a traffic stop on I-10 near Warner Road. The driver, 31-year-old Shane Dawson Stewart, was found to be driving on a suspended license and had a warrant for his arrest out of Willcox.

In a search of his car, a bag containing 3,000 fentanyl pills was located, according to DPS. The estimated value of the tablets is said to be $30,000, court records say.

When questioned about the pills, Stewart allegedly told the trooper, "You know what they are."

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DOC records show that Stewart served nine years in prison for aggravated assault in the killing of a teenager in Tucson in 2007.

He has now been charged with transporting illegal narcotics and other drug-related crimes.