Fayette County Narcotics K9 Unit seizes over $200M worth of fentanyl

13 kilograms of fentanyl can manufacture 13 million pills

FAYETTE COUNTY, Texas – Fayette County Narcotics K9 Unit seized 13 kilograms of fentanyl with a potential street value of more than $200M.

On Tuesday, Aug. 9, at approximately 9:33 a.m., Sgt. Randy Thumann and K9 partner Kolt with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Canine Unit stopped a Chevy Silverado on IH-10 at the 661 mile-marker for a traffic violation.

After speaking to the driver, Sgt. Thumann observed indicators of deceptive behavior. He became suspicious that the occupant was smuggling illegal narcotics. The driver gave Sgt. Thumann consent to search the vehicle.

Sgt. Thumann searched the vehicle and located 12 bricks of raw fentanyl in the rear seat back and in a speaker box located behind the rear seat. Officials arrested the driver, identified as Severo Rodriguez, 30, of San Juan, for Felony Drug Possession. Rodriguez was then taken to the Dan R. Beck Justice Center.

According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, fentanyl is 100 times more powerful than morphine. Thirteen kilograms of fentanyl can be used to manufacture 13 million pills with a street value of approximately $260M.

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Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Canine Unit Sgt. Randy Thumann and K9 partner Kolt

K9s4COPs donated K9 Kolt to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office provided the above information and photo.