The Wabaunsee County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday recovered several suspected fentanyl or fentanyl-laced pills and drugs with an estimated street value of more than $9 million.
According to the sheriff’s office, Deputy Max Joye and his drug detection dog, Karma, pulled over a driver who had a suspended driver’s license.
The sheriff’s office jail booking information identifies the driver as Suellen Marie Wilson, 39, of Kansas City, Kansas.
The sheriff’s office said Karma alerted Joye to the smell of narcotics in the vehicle and a fellow deputy came to assist. They arrested Wilson on a charge of driving with a suspended license, impounded the vehicle and searched the car after obtaining a search warrant.
Deputies found two bags filled with several hundred pills they believed to be fentanyl and 10 wrapped bundles thought to be fentanyl-laced heroin or methamphetamine.
Sheriff Rob Hoskins said Friday he didn’t know the weight of the drugs and that they are being tested to confirm their identification.
Hoskins said he had a “pretty good indication” of where the drugs are coming from, but did not want to comment further because the investigation is ongoing.
Wilson is charged with possession of a controlled substance, use or possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use into human body, and driving while license is cancelled, suspended or revoked. Wilson is held at the Wabaunsee County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
More than 100 people in Kansas died from fentanyl-linked overdoses in 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In March, the Riley County Police Department reported a string of apparent drug overdoses thought to be related to fentanyl-laced heroin, two of which resulted in deaths.
Fentanyl is a prescription drug and a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
People sometimes add fentanyl to narcotics to increase their potency or to make costs cheaper.