PD: 15,000 fentanyl pills seized in west Phoenix motel

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Posted at 12:45 PM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 17:02:15-04

PHOENIX — Police seized 15,000 fentanyl pills and more than $9,000 in cash in a bust at a west Phoenix motel.

Narcotics detectives were called to a motel near 59th Avenue and McDowell Road on Tuesday, after Phoenix police apprehended a woman inside one of the rooms and noticed paraphernalia.

In the motel room, officers reportedly saw drug ledgers and rubber bands.

After detaining 38-year-old Emmanuel Romero Hernandez, police searched the room and allegedly found 15,000 fentanyl pills, two handguns, scales, numerous cell phones, and more than $9,000 in cash.

Hernandez allegedly told police that he was given $5,000 to hold onto the drugs by two men he met the day before.

Hernandez has been charged with narcotic drug possession, money laundering, and weapons misconduct.