/ Modified may 31, 2018 9:56 a.m.

Feds Seize Thousands of Fentanyl Pills in Arizona Indian Country

Interior Department sasys the street value of the different drugs seized was nearly $4.8M.

Fentanyl lethal dose The drug fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Drug Enforcement Administration

PHOENIX — The Department of Interior says it's seized nearly 10,000 fentanyl pills and other drugs during a weeklong operation on Arizona tribal land.

The sting also netted 48 pounds of methamphetamine, 863 pounds of marijuana, $30,000 in cash and 86 arrests. All in all, the street value of all the drugs seized was nearly $4.8 million.

The department says its opioid reduction task force conducted the operation on the Tohono O'odham and Gila River reservations from May 15 to May 26 with the assistance of tribal police and other law enforcement authorities.

Opioid overdoses claimed 800 lives in Arizona last year, and rural areas are particularly hit hard.

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