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DPS: Troopers seize $600,000 worth of fentanyl pills, heroin during PHX traffic stop

Posted: 1:58 PM, Aug 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-16 17:49:56-04
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PHOENIX — DPS troopers seized nearly $600,000 worth of fentanyl pills during Phoenix traffic stop, according to court paperwork.

The Department of Public Safety reports that on August 11 a Silver Chevrolet Malibu was stopped for a moving violation on I-10 near 40th Street.

The car, driven by Filiberto Felix Esquer, 40, of Navajoa Mexico, was searched by DPS. Inside an "aftermarket hidden compartment" DPS allegedly found 22 pounds of Fentanyl, 2.5 pounds of black tar heroin and 5 pounds of brown heroin.

Court records show the fentanyl to be worth $580,000, and the heroin was valued at $61,000.

Esquer and his passengers, Jesus Carranza, 18, Jorge Areizaga Gaona, 29 and Manuel Antonio Felix, 19 have all been charged with the illegal transporting of narcotics.