Thousands of fentanyl pills recovered during stop on I-15 as overdose deaths double in Utah

Thousands of fentanyl pills were recovered during a traffic stop on Interstate 15 early Tuesday that resulted in an arrest.

Thousands of fentanyl pills were recovered during a traffic stop on Interstate 15 early Tuesday that resulted in an arrest. (Mark Wetzel, KSL-TV)



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ST. GEORGE —Thousands of fentanyl pills were recovered during a traffic stop on Interstate 15 early Tuesday morning that resulted in an arrest as the nationwide wave of the synthetic opioid continues to enter not only Utah but every other state in the U.S., the Drug Enforcement Administration says.

On Tuesday, an officer stopped on northbound I-15, just south of the Hurricane Exit and noticed a black passenger car heading north with a tail light that appeared to be out shortly after midnight.

The officer pulled out into traffic and after 2 miles conducted a traffic stop, and as he approached the car he noticed several of the tail lights appeared to be spray painted "completely black," preventing any light from emitting through the plastic covering, the officer noted in the probable cause statement filed in support of the arrest.

While speaking with the driver, the officer noticed there were four occupants in the vehicle, including the front seat passenger who was later identified as 33-year-old Sabrina Nichol Stenholm, of Salt Lake City.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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Cody Blowers
Cody Blowers is a reporter for St. George News. A graduate of Colorado Technical University, Cody earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in paralegal studies.

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