Counterfeit Fentanyl Pills in Arizona

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Since 2012, drug traffickers have been selling North Americans counterfeit medications made from fentanyl, a dangerous painkiller 25-40 times stronger than heroin, and even stronger synthetic opioids like carfentanil. The problem has spread to at least 49 states, and many Americans have suffered overdoses and death because the drugs they were taking were counterfeit.

Read our 2018 information sheet about counterfeit drugs in Arizona.

Coverage About Pills in Arizona:

Glendale Police Arrest Man with 2,000 Fentanyl Pills (September 27, 2019)

CBP Officers Nab Fentanyl Smugglers at Port of San Luis (September 18, 2019)

Fraud Investigation Leads to Large Drug Bust, Including Nearly 200 Fentanyl-Laced Pills (August 29, 2019)

Authorities: More than 1-Million Fentanyl Pills Seized in Arizona This Year (August 23, 2019)

PD: Heroin, Fentanyl Found in Phoenix Airport Passenger's Luggage During Bomb Scare (June 11, 2019)

Man Arrested on Suspicion of Possessing 500 Fentanyl Pills, 10 Pounds of Meth in Yavapai County (February 28, 2019)

Recovering Addict Warns of Deadly, Fentanyl-laced Drug (February 14, 2019)

Deadly Blue ‘Mexican Oxy’ Pills Take Toll on US Southwest (February 13, 2019)

Police: Notre Dame Prep Student Arrested For Having Fentanyl Pills (February 11, 2019)

US Customs Announces Largest Fentanyl Seizure in its History (January 31, 2019)

Another Fentanyl Bust in Yavapai County After Suspect Discovered Hiding Drug in Body Cavity (November 29, 2018)

Grieving Aunt Shares Warning After Nephew, 19, Dies from Accidental Overdose Involving Fentanyl (November 26, 2018)

YCSO: Fentanyl Cases Circulating In The Area In Recent Weeks (November 7, 2018)

158 Pounds of Meth, 3000 Fentanyl Pills Found in Holbrook Car (November 2, 2018)

Border Officials Arrest 2 For Suspected Drug Smuggling (July 31, 2018)

Counterfeit Pills Growing Street Drug Danger (July 12, 2018)

Arizona Grand Jury Indicts 2 Men for Fentanyl Trafficking (June 8, 2018)

Crime Trackers: Mother Speaks Out After Son Dies of Fentanyl Overdose (May 29, 2018)

MCSO: 8,000 Fentanyl Pills Seized In Drug Investigation (May 22, 2018)

Feds Seize Thousands of Fentanyl Pills in Arizona Indian Country (May 31, 2018)

Counterfeit Carfentanil-Containing Pills Seized in Phoenix (May 15, 2018)

Meth Use On The Rise In Yavapai County (February 10, 2018)

Prison for Arizona Man With Opioid Pills Laced With Fentanyl (February 7, 2018)

2 Phoenix Women Arrested With Fentanyl At I-19 Checkpoint Near Amado (January 10, 2018)

Recent K9 Investigations Lead To Drug Busts (November 25, 2017)

Man Accused Of Selling Fake Oxycodone Laced With Highly Toxic Fentanyl (September 6, 2017)

Authorities Seize 30,000 Counterfeit Pain Pills In Arizona (August 17, 2017)

More People Dying From Unintentionally Taking Powerful Drug (May 14, 2017)

32 Deaths In Metro Phoenix Attributed To Fake Oxy Pills (March 21, 2017)

Powerful Synthetic Opioid Fentanyl Makes A Deadly Mark In Arizona (October 7, 2016)

Deadly Counterfeit Pills Seized In Tucson (June 14, 2016)