AZ Attorney General's Office Announces Massive Spike in Drug Seizures Featured

Katie Conner, AZAG Office May 05, 2022 105

The Spike in Massive Drug Seizures has surpassed last year’s totals, and it’s only May.

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  • More fentanyl pills, powder and meth seizures have taken place than all of last year. 
  • Over 1200 pounds of meth and 1,376,000 fentanyl pills have been seized already in 2022
  • The Drug & Racketeering Enforcement Section (DRG) of the AGO fights drug trafficking and money laundering organizations in AZ. 
  • In FY2021, the AG’s office charged 220 individuals 
  • Street prices for many drugs have decreased.
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Drugs Seized So Far Surpass Last Year's Totals

PHOENIX – The Arizona Attorney General's Office (AGO) announces massive seizures of illegal drugs as the result of a major investigation by the AGO, DEA, and Tempe Police Department. 

"Looking at the first quarter of 2022 -- January, February, and March -- we saw higher numbers of fentanyl pill and fentanyl powder and methamphetamine seizure than we had seen last year combined," said Theresa Rassas, Section Chief Counsel for the Drug & Racketeering Section of the AGO. 

Last fiscal year, (July 2020-June 2021) a total of 845 pounds of methamphetamine and 780,000 fentanyl pills were seized by agents on just one major investigation. This year so far, that same task force has already confiscated 1200 pounds of meth and 1,376,000 fentanyl pills with two months left in the fiscal year. 

Another notable case the AGO is prosecuting involves a separate task force of agents from the DEA and Scottsdale Police Department, which hauled in 1.6 million fentanyl pills worth $9 million from a massive bust in December 2021. 

AGTV spoke with Section Chief Counsel, Theresa Rassas, about this recent and disturbing trend.

The Drug & Racketeering Enforcement Section (DRG) of the AGO combats drug trafficking and money laundering organizations operating within Arizona. 

In FY21, DRG had 686 open cases and resolved 265 of them. DRG cumulatively charged 220 defendants with felony offenses. In that same time period, total drug seizures brought in more than 2,000 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 2.2 million fentanyl pills. 

Attorneys in the Section also provide legal advice and training statewide on issues involving search and seizure, Arizona's drug laws, legal and procedural requirements of electronic interception, and courtroom testimony. 

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