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YCSO K-9 unit makes 'rare' seizure of $150 million in powdered fentanyl

Packages of powdered fentanyl seized by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office in a traffic stop on Interstate 17 near Cordes Junction on June 2, 2021. The haul is estimated to be worth $150 million. (YCSO)

Packages of powdered fentanyl seized by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office in a traffic stop on Interstate 17 near Cordes Junction on June 2, 2021. The haul is estimated to be worth $150 million. (YCSO)

On Wednesday, June 2, a Yavapai County Sheriff's K-9 deputy conducting traffic enforcement efforts seized powdered fentanyl worth $150 million.

The deputy noticed a truck heading south on Interstate 17 near Cordes Junction, weaving in and out of traffic and driving recklessly, according to a news release.

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Daniel Antonio Guzman Perez, 21, of Phoenix.

The deputy stopped the driver, 21-year-old Daniel Antonio Guzman Perez of Phoenix. During the traffic stop, the deputies noticed some inconsistencies while speaking with the driver. The deputy’s dog alerted on the vehicle and inside they discovered several packages of what appeared to be 22 pounds of powdered fentanyl, according to reports.

"We typically see a lot of fentanyl in the pill form. But this is the second time in less than a month that our K-9 unit has seized powdered fentanyl of this magnitude, which is extremely rare,” Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes said.

The YCSO estimates that this seizure could make between 5 million and 10 million fentanyl pills.

"It is extremely concerning that powdered fentanyl is now being trafficked across our state,” Rhodes added.

The driver is being charged with transportation of narcotic drugs, sales of narcotic drugs, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Information provided by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

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