3 Arrested In Polk County’s Largest Fentanyl Bust $2.5 Million Seized
There’s so much fentanyl being smuggled into the country it’s becoming a frightening reality. Can you imagine finding enough fentanyl to kill millions of people? That’s exactly what happened to Polk County police during an undercover operation. During this investigation they arrested of three men who were all in the country illegally. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced the arrests during a press conference saying, “They tried to treat us with fentanyl, and we tricked them with an arrest.” The drugs that were seized were worth a total of $2.5 million.
3 Arrested In Polk County’s Largest Fentanyl Bust:
According to FOX13News, detectives went undercover meeting with one of the men and purchased one kilogram of cocaine. Then they did it several more times and tested the drugs to see if it was cut with something. After meeting with both Ruperto Rocha, 55, and Juan Manuel Gutierrez Medina buying four kilos they found it was fentanyl mixed with methamphetamine. After continuing to buy drugs over time police were able to find out where it was being shipped.
Deputies discovered the drugs were coming from the Mexican cartel and then going to Compton, California to Polk County. Sheriff Grady Judd said, “It came to Polk County straight out of Compton.” Deputies followed Gutierrez Medina to Compton, where he would buy his drugs but during this time police got a warrant for his arrest. All three of the men are in the United States illegally from Mexico and have been deported several times. The street value of the 10 kilograms of fentanyl is approximately $2,500,000.