From the Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking Team –
‘PANT Detectives have learned that drug dealers are commonly referring to straight powdered Fentanyl as 'China.' This is a dangerous misnomer, as those purchasing the drug might be led to believe that they are buying 'China White' heroin. Fentanyl looks nearly identical to 'China White' heroin and it can easily be confused as such.
Fentanyl pressed mimic pills in the form of 'Xanax' and other prescription pills are being seized regularly around the County. As mentioned in previous press releases, these mimic pills can be lethal and are responsible for numerous overdoses in our communities. We urge the public not to take any pill unless they obtained that pill at a legitimate pharmacy and that pill is prescribed to them. One pill could be the last.’
Related case background - On September 22, 2019, Prescott Police Officers were dispatched to a disturbance at a business on Sheldon Street and contacted 33-year-old Brendon Ross and 32- year-old Robert Hogan, both Prescott residents. During the interaction with Hogan, officers found a syringe containing methamphetamine and following his arrest, a 1⁄2 gram of methamphetamine and 20 mimic ‘Xanax’ pills were found on his person. Inside a metal box Hogan was carrying, officers found 15 more mimic ‘Xanax’ pills. Ross was found with 5 mimic ‘Xanax’ pills and also arrested.
PANT detectives were contacted and both suspects were known to PANT investigators. One of the seized pills tested positive for the presence of fentanyl. During an interview with Ross, he admitted purchasing pills in order to sell. Detectives noted he was under the influence based on several symptoms including difficulty staying awake during the interview. Hogan admitted to possessing some of the pills which Ross had given to him.
Both suspects were staying at a residence in the 300 block of South Virginia in Prescott and detectives developed probable cause more illicit drugs would be found there. A search warrant was obtained and served due to the urgency to remove the dangerous narcotics from the street. Detectives seized the following as a result of the search- a total of 144 mimic ‘Xanax’ pills, 11 grams of methamphetamine, 15 grams of a white powder testing positive for fentanyl (see photo top of page), syringes containing methamphetamine and fentanyl residue, scales, empty bindle packaging used in drug sales, and a loaded handgun belonging to Ross.
Additional charges were added to the booking information for each suspect – they are as follows:
Ross - Possession of a Deadly Weapon During a Felony, Possession of Narcotic Drugs for Sale (Fentanyl and Suboxone), Possession of Narcotic Drugs (Fentanyl and Suboxone), Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale (Methamphetamine), Possession of Dangerous Drugs (Methamphetamine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia x3 (Felony). He remains in-custody on a $35,000 bond.
Hogan - Possession of Narcotic Drugs for Sale (Fentanyl), Possession of Narcotic Drugs (Fentanyl), Possession of Dangerous Drugs (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia x2 (Felony). He is being held without bond.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov