Nearly 1M fentanyl pills seized from Avondale home; largest bust in Phoenix police history




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  • 2022-09-23 23:26:27Z
  • By AZCentral | The Arizona Republic
 

By discovering just under 1 million fentanyl pills in an Avondale home this week, the Phoenix Police Department made the single largest fentanyl bust in the agency's history.

Two arrests were made following the drug bust on Wednesday.

Francisco Delgado, 26, and Jose Molina, 21, were arrested and booked into a Maricopa County jail on a number of felony charges, according to Phoenix police.

After following leads involving the possession of narcotics for sale, detectives obtained a search warrant for an Avondale home and a vehicle belonging to one of the suspects.

They discovered approximately 950,000 fentanyl pills and a firearm, according to Phoenix police.

According to Maricopa County data, the presence of fentanyl in drug overdose deaths has steadily been increasing in the state since 2019.

Last year, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Scottsdale police also seized a record number of fentanyl pills, totaling an amount that could "kill half the state of Arizona," according to state Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

Reach breaking news intern Ellie Willard at ellie.willard@gannett.com or on Twitter @EllieWillardAZ.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Phoenix police seize nearly a million fentanyl pills at Avondale home

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