DEA Phoenix Task Force and the Goodyear Police Department Seize Over 270,000 Fentanyl Pills, Guns and Money
PHOENIX - On December 9th, 2021, the DEA Phoenix Field Division Task Force and the Goodyear Police Department arrested Brian Meza-Raya, 18, of Phoenix, Arizona, who is facing multiple felony charges related to alleged drug distribution.
Law enforcement served a search warrant on December 9th, at a residence in Phoenix which resulted in the seizure of over 270,000 pills containing fentanyl, quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine, $255,000, four guns and three vehicles.
Meza-Raya was booked into Maricopa County Jail on the following charges: Illegally conducting an enterprise, narcotic drug transport for sale, narcotic drug sales, possession narcotic drug, misconduct involving weapons / weapons in drug offense, conspiracy, use of electronic device in drug offense, money laundering in the first degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful flight. He is being held on $75,000 bail. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. It will be the states burden of proof to prove these facts at trial in order to secure a conviction.
Since January 2021, the DEA Phoenix Field Division, along with state, local and federal partners have seized over 9.5 million pills containing the deadly drug fentanyl. DEA officials warn that criminal drug networks in Mexico are mass-producing deadly fentanyl and fentanyl-laced, fake prescription pills, using chemicals sourced largely from China. These fake prescription pills are designed to appear nearly identical to legitimate prescriptions—such as Oxycontin®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Adderall®, Xanax®, and other medicines—and have been found in every state in the country.
DEA launched the One Pill Can Kill campaign to inform the American public of the dangers of fake prescription pills. The only safe prescription medications are ones prescribed by a trusted medical professional that you get from a licensed pharmacist. All other pills are unsafe and potentially deadly. For more information, visit DEA.Gov/onepill.