Mesa Police Officers Seize Illicit Fentanyl- valued at $1.2Million

~ Mesa police officers have successfully seized a large amount of fentanyl and arrested three individuals in connection with the incident. The operation took place on July 4, 2024, when officers responded to a welfare check at 645 W. Rio Salado Parkway.

According to the caller, three people were seen inside a gold Cadillac, with the driver appearing to be unconscious and slumped over. Upon arriving at the scene, officers approached the vehicle and were met with immediate action from the driver, identified as 26-year-old Gabriel Rodriguez. Rodriguez quickly opened the door and fled on foot, prompting two officers to chase after him while one remained with the vehicle.

The remaining officer observed small blue pills scattered throughout the car and a partially opened duffel bag containing several medium-sized packages wrapped in packing tape. After apprehending Rodriguez, it was discovered that he had sustained injuries from cutting his arm on razor wire while attempting to escape.

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A search warrant was obtained for further investigation, leading to the discovery of 58 packaged bundles weighing over 200 pounds and two to three smaller opened bundles inside the vehicle. These packages contained approximately 750,000 M30 blue pills of illicit fentanyl with an estimated street value of $1.2 million.

As a result of this operation, Julian Reyes (38) and Sunflower Short (24) were taken into custody and booked into jail for Possession of Narcotic Drugs and Drug Paraphernalia. Meanwhile, Rodriguez remains in hospital care but will face charges of Possession and Transport of Narcotic Drugs for Sale as well as Possession of Narcotic Drugs upon his discharge. This successful bust by Mesa police has taken a significant amount of dangerous drugs off the streets and has potentially saved countless lives from harm.

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