/ Modified aug 21, 2020 5:21 p.m.

Pima County deputies seizing more fentanyl pills

The department's Border Interdiction Unit focuses on stopping smugglers on the county's interstates and highways.

After cartels manage to get their drugs past the ports and Border Patrol checkpoints, Arizona’s highways and interstates lead to distribution hubs in Tucson and Phoenix. But the Pima County Sheriff Department’s Border Interdiction Unit provides another layer of defense. Through July of this year, the unit has already confiscated more than 95,000 fentanyl pills, nearly double the amount it seized for all of 2019. Arizona 360 heard from Criminal Investigations Division Capt. Jeffrey Palmer, who said the pandemic has done little to slow the flow of drugs into the county.

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