14,000 fentanyl pills seized in drug bust at Arizona Mills parking lot

Jun 7, 2019, 7:45 PM

(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)...

(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX – Three suspects were arrested this week for their alleged role in a drug deal involving 14,000 fentanyl pills in a Tempe mall parking lot, authorities said Friday.

The buy occurred Wednesday outside Arizona Mills, according to Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office press release.

Detectives saw Edwin Veliz-Flores, 40, and Roberto Yescas, 40, exchange of a large bag.

When the investigators moved in, Yescas jumped into a vehicle driven by Ines Acosta, 34, and they tried to flee by driving over a curb.

Responding units blocked escape routes and took all three suspects into custody on drug charges.

Detectives seized two large packages of pills with an estimated street value of $154,000.

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14,000 fentanyl pills seized in drug bust at Arizona Mills parking lot