Fentanyl Pills

“Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl – which often results in overdose deaths.”

A traffic stop by Glendale Police turned into an arrest when the driver was found to have more than 2,000 fentanyl pills.

Euerado Vega was booked into Glendale City Jail on Sept. 15.

Around 9 p.m., Vega was pulled over near North 59th and Olive avenues after officers said the BWM he was driving ran a red light.

After determining he did not have a valid Arizona driver’s license, officers searched the vehicle and found a loaded semi-automatic hand gun, according to the arrest report filed by Glendale Officer Matthew Hinte.

Inside the trunk of the BMW, officers found a box containing a large quantity of pills. A test showed the pills to contain fentanyl, which, according to  the Drug Enforcement Agency, is extremely potent and can be deadly.

“Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine,” says the DEA website dea.gov

“Fentanyl is added to heroin to increase its potency, or be disguised as highly potent heroin. 

“Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl – which often results in overdose deaths.”

Vega was booked on charges including possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of a deadly weapon during a felony offense and possession of a concealed deadly weapon by a person under 21 years of age.