Opioids

Law enforcement officials in Yavapai County discovered $200,000 worth of fentanyl pills and methamphetamine last week in three separate stops on the same day.

YSCO deputies say they first detained a man from Camp Verde; he was allegedly carrying more than 100 fentanyl pills, along with methamphetamine and heroin. In a subsequent traffic stop, officials pulled over a man from Phoenix and found 10 pounds of methamphetamine, along with an estimated 10,000 fentanyl pills.

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The federal Drug Enforcement Administration has designated the opioid epidemic in Yavapai County as the greatest drug threat to public health and safety in Arizona.

  

DEA

Flagstaff Police say they’ve seen a recent uptick in overdoses and deaths related to a counterfeit opioid. The illicit pills contain fentanyl, which is blamed for thousands of deaths nationwide. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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A Safford city councilman who was running for a Congressional seat has suspended his campaign after having a drug relapse last week.

 

Ex-Pharmaceutical Exec Gets 5 1/2 Years For Pushing Opioid

Jan 24, 2020
Charles Krupa/AP

The founder of an Arizona pharmaceutical company has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for his role in a bribery and kickback scheme that prosecutors said helped fuel the opioid crisis.

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