2.5 pounds of fentanyl found in car after traffic stop on I-70

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ABILENE, Kan. (SJ) -

Two people from Mexico were arrested in Dickinson County Monday after deputies found 2.5 pounds of pure fentanyl in their car, according to a news release from Sheriff Gareth Hoffman.

Hoffman said the estimated street value of the powerful painkilling drug is about $1.3 million.

Victor H. Fimbres Pesqueir, 27, and Diana Aracely Manjarrez Beltran, 32, were arrested for possession of an opiate with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and not having a drug tax stamp.

The 2011 Nissan with Mexico tags the two were riding in was stopped on Interstate Highway 70 about a mile east of Abilene for a traffic infraction, and deputies were given consent to search the car, according to the news release. The case is ongoing and more arrests are possible, according to the release.

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