GRAND JUNCTION, CO - On January 9, deputies initiated a traffic stop on I-70 near Fruita, Colorado, after spotting a vehicle with phony plates. The driver of that car was Henry Espinal-Meza, 30, who agreed to a search of his vehicle.
That search yielded an astounding 60,000 fentanyl pills (15 pounds worth), cocaine and a large sum of cash.
Espinal-Meza was charged with three counts of possession with intent to distribute and is currently being held at the Mesa County Jail on an ICE detainer.
The amount of fentanyl seized was enough to kill a little more than 6.8 million people, according to the DEA.
Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than morphine and overdoses on this drug are now the leading cause of death among 18 to 45 year-old Americans. All of it comes across the Mexican border.
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