A canine officer alerted authorities to nearly 600 counterfeit oxycodone pills and several grams of cocaine Wednesday during a traffic stop that was part of a narcotics interdiction operation, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said.
Detectives with the Sheriff’s Border Crime Suppression Team stopped a 2008 BMW sedan driven by Michael Daniel Gomez for a vehicle equipment violation about 2:35 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of East L Street and Telegraph Canyon Road in Chula Vista, Sgt. William Kerr said. During the stop, the police dog indicated to the presence of narcotics.
Gomez, 21, was arrested and booked into the San Diego County Jail for felony transportation and sales of controlled substances.
A Sheriff’s Department official said seizures of large quantities of fentanyl and fentanyl pills have become increasingly common in the county, with powdered fentanyl frequently being used to produce counterfeit pharmaceuticals known on the street as “Blues” or “M30s.”
According to Kerr, county law enforcement regularly encounters counterfeit oxycodone and Xanax pills that contain fentanyl — a powerful opiod that can be deadly in tiny quantities.
A search of Gomez’s home yielded more of the pills like those seized from the car, along with about 1 ounce of cocaine. Kerr estimated the street value of the narcotics to be $7,500 or more.
— Staff report
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