COOLIDGE — A traffic stop in Coolidge last week resulted in a man arrested with fentanyl for sale.
Just before midnight on June 17, the Coolidge Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a car going 45 mph in a 35 mph zone near West Vah Ki Inn Road and North Cota Lane. During the stop, the driver, Jeffrey Harris, exited the vehicle. He was told several times to get back in the vehicle, and he eventually sat down in the driver’s seat, according to police.
In the driver’s side door, an officer located a piece of tinfoil with brown residue, consistent with fentanyl use.
The 29-year-old Harris was then searched, and he emptied his pockets. Harris allegedly said he had only candy and pistachios in his pockets. While being patted down, an officer asked what a particular item was in Harris’ pocket, and Harris said it was candy, according to police.
The item was a baggie containing 270 blue “M30” fentanyl pills.
In a subsequent interview, Harris allegedly told Coolidge police that he sold fentanyl pills and was also a user and an addict of the synthetic opioid, which is exponentially more lethal than heroin. Harris said he sold the pills at $10 a piece, with the monetary value of the drugs placed at $2,700.
The Pinal County Attorney’s Office has charged Harris with one count of possession of narcotic drugs for sale, a Class 2 felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class 6 felony.