Fentanyl

Drugs and cash seized during a traffic stop by the Payson Police Department.

Police seized more than 2,000 pain pills during a traffic stop Friday.

Just before midnight Aug. 14, Payson Police officer Erickson stopped a vehicle for speeding in town.

During the stop, Erickson suspected illegal drug activity and requested Gila County Sheriff’s Office deputy Cross, with his K-9 Falco, to respond.

Falco alerted to the vehicle and officers searched the vehicle.

During the search, officers located approximately a half pound of fentanyl pills (estimated at 2,200 pills with a street value of $22,000) along with packaging materials for street sales.

Also located was $3,100 in cash.

Officers determined that the subjects were going to Nebraska.

Mathew Russell, of Glendale, and Michael Rivera, of Peoria, were arrested on various weapons misconduct and drug charges. Russell was also arrested for reportedly driving under the influence.

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