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DEA Agents Seized Huge Quantities of Opioid in Arizona

DEA Agents Seized Huge Quantities of Opioid in Arizona
DEA Special Agents pursue the most notorious trafficking and narco-terrorist organizations that threaten our nation. {Source: Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel)

One hundred fifty people were charged, and millions of fentanyl pills were seized in a Tempe, Arizona, DEA agents investigation of the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel.

At a Thursday afternoon press conference, law enforcement reported seizing more than 4.5 million fentanyl pills, 66 kilograms of powder, 138 kilograms of cocaine, 3,100 pounds of methamphetamine, 35 kilograms of hoeing, 49 firearms, and $2 million.

The seized fentanyl could have been 30 million lethal doses and had a street value of over $13 million, according to investigators.

DEA Agents Seized Huge Quantities of Opioid in Arizona

Fentanyl is 50–100 times stronger than morphine and 30–50 times stronger than heroin. (Photo:

Attorney General Kris Mayes said, “There are few families in our state and across our country that haven’t been touched by the scourge of the opioid epidemic and fentanyl crisis,”

The narcotics would have “poisoning members of our community, including our youth and our vulnerable population” if not seized, according to Interim Police Chief Josie Montenegro

In 2022, DEA agents seized twice as many fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills as in 2021. In 2022, DEA agents took over half of all fentanyl pills in Arizona, a significant distribution site.


The DEA agents say the Sinaloa Drug Cartel supplies the most deadly narcotics to Arizona and the nation.

DEA Arizona targets Sinaloa. “We will continue,” said DEA Special Agent Cheri Oz. “This investigation proves our strong partnerships give us the edge over these evil criminal networks.”

The Sinaloa cartel is reportedly more potent than the Medellin cartel in the 1980s and 1990s. The Drug Enforcement Administration says its cross-border operations extend to Minnesota, Washington State, and Rhode Island.

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