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Phoenix police find about 1M fentanyl pills at West Valley home in record bust

UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 AT 3:09 PM
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Jose Molina Quinonez (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)
Francisco Delgado (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Police Department said it made its largest fentanyl bust ever this week when officers seized about 1 million pills containing the powerful synthetic opioid.

Most of pills seized are blue and designed to resemble prescription oxycodone, Sgt. Brian Bower told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Friday. There were too many to count, so police used weight to estimate the amount.

“That matrix came out with it just under 1 million pills,” Bower said.

Francisco Delgado, 26, and Jose Molina Quinonez, 21, were booked into Maricopa County Jail on multiple felony counts after the drugs were found in an Avondale home, police said.

“What really led up to this … massive historic seizure was the fact that we had our detectives with the Drug Enforcement Bureau doing excellent work looking for small-time dealers and it leads to the bigger dealers,” Bower said.

Detectives investigating the sale of narcotics gathered evidence to obtain a search warrant on the home near Avondale Boulevard and Durango Street and one of the suspect’s vehicles, police said.

Phoenix Police Department’s Special Assignments Unit executed the warrants Wednesday and found the stash of pills.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Kate Ourada contributed to this report.