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3 charged in 21,000 fentanyl pill bust in Las Vegas

Detectives seized over 2.5K grams of fentanyl, paperwork say

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Three persons are going through drug expenses after allegedly attempting to promote over 21,000 fentanyl tablets in North Las Vegas, in keeping with Drug Enforcement Administration investigators.

Jesus Rivera, Marco Montes, and Maritza Espada every face expenses of conspiracy to distribute a managed substance, distribution of a managed substance, and possession with intent to distribute a managed substance, courtroom paperwork mentioned.

Rivera organized to promote 1,000 fentanyl tablets for $2,000 to an individual working undercover for detectives on Oct. 18, paperwork mentioned.

Rivera deliberate to satisfy with the particular person simply earlier than 4:30 p.m. in a parking zone of a quick meals restaurant in North Las Vegas. They met in Rivera’s truck when Rivera requested to see the money earlier than making a name, paperwork mentioned.

Shortly after the decision, Montes and Espada drove into the parking zone and gave Rivera 1,000 blue tablets, which Rivera bought to the particular person, paperwork mentioned.

Rivera then organized to promote one other 20,500 fentanyl tablets to the particular person hours later on the similar location, paperwork mentioned.

Around 5:45 p.m., Rivera was seen in a automotive with Montes and Espada earlier than Rivera confirmed the particular person two “large, brick-like packages” in which the particular person might see “a significant number of blue colored pills” believed to be fentanyl, in keeping with paperwork.

Detectives then arrested Rivera, Montes, and Espada and seized the tablets.

Detectives later discovered all of the tablets weighed a complete of roughly 2,614 grams.

Booking photographs for the three weren’t accessible.

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