MARANA, AZ (January 28, 2022) - On Wednesday, January 19, 2022, an Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) trooper stopped the driver of a Dodge passenger van for speeding and unsafe following distance on westbound Interstate 10 at milepost 229, west of Marana.
During a search of the vehicle, the trooper discovered over 50 pounds of Methamphetamine and 5 pounds of Fentanyl pills, in addition to a personal-use amount of Cocaine.
The suspect, 42-year-old Raul Lopez of Nogales, Arizona, was arrested and booked into the Pima County Jail on charges including:
- Possession and transportation of a dangerous drug for sale
- Possession and transportation of a narcotic drug for sale
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 150 people die every day from overdoses related to synthetic opioids like Fentanyl.