Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office detectives opening a package containing what they believe to be fentanyl pills. (Photo: MCSO)
TEMPE — Three people are behind bars after detectives with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division and Homeland Security Investigations conducted an operation on a supplier selling about 14,000 fentanyl pills Wednesday afternoon.
The buy took place at the Arizona Mills Mall in Tempe. Three suspects, later identified as Roberto Yescas, Ines Acosta and Edwin Veliz-Flores were taken into custody.
While in the mall parking lot, detectives were witnessed an exchange of a large bag between Yescas and Flores. Investigators tried to make the arrest and all three suspects allegedly attempted to flee the scene.
According to MCSO, Yescas jumped into a vehicle driven by Acosta and they tried to flee the area by driving over a curb and accelerating away from the detectives.
Other responding units were able to block the escape route. Detectives and investigators took all three suspects into custody without further incident. No one was injured.
Detectives recovered two large packages containing what they believe to be about 14,000 fentanyl pills. The estimated street value of the pills is $154,000.00.
All three subjects were booked into the 4th Avenue Jail.