Gila County Sheriff’s Office Seize $1.2 Million in Fentanyl Pills

During a routine traffic stop on Tuesday, Gila County Sheriff’s Office announced they have successfully removed approximately 13.25 pounds of fentanyl pills from the streets. The drug seizure is estimated to be worth $1.2 million.

The drug bust was made at the Tonto Apache Tribal Market in Payson, after the driver granted permission to the Gila County Drug, Gang and Violent Crimes task force to search the vehicle.

Two men were arrested on charges of transportation and possession of narcotics, along with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jesus Valenzuela-Tapia, 37, and Irvin Montano-Valenzuela, 24, were detained and booked into the Gila County Jail in Payson.


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