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Arizona authorities make huge fentanyl haul in traffic stop

June 4, 2021 GMT

CORDES JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona authorities say the routine traffic stop of a truck weaving in and out of freeway traffic on the freeway led to the seizure of enough fentanyl powder to manufacture up to 10 million potentially deadly pills.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office said Friday the seizure occurred Wednesday when deputies noticed a truck driving erratically on Interstate 17 near Cordes Junction.

A police dog discovered 22 pounds (nearly 10 kg) of the drug in the vehicle. Driver 21-year-old Daniel Antonio Guzman-Perez was arrested.

Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes said it was the second large amount of powdered fentanyl his department has seized in the past month.

An online search showed Guzman-Perez was booked into the county jail, but it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney to answer any allegations against him.