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Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office seizes 3,500 deadly Fentanyl pills

(Photo courtesy of Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

PHOENIX — In a sting by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, detectives seized 3,500 counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with Fentanyl.

“Fentanyl is highly toxic. This action undoubtedly saved lives. Coming into contact with extremely small amounts can kill you,” said Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone in a press release. “The use of Fentanyl compounds the risks to opioid users and to first responders who make contact with it unknowingly.”

Jesus Madueno, 26, was arrested and booked on felony charges of possession of narcotic drugs for sale. The sale was arranged to undercover detectives. He was arrested without any incident.

Fentanyl is mixed with synthetic opioids to increase the number of pills that can be sold illegally. Fentanyl has only recently appeared in the western portion of the country.

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