A Sarasota man has been arrested during a traffic stop Saturday after transporting enough fentanyl to kill almost 60,000 people.

Sarasota Man Arrested After Traveling With Enough Fentanyl To Kill 60,000 People

A Sarasota man has been arrested during a traffic stop Saturday after transporting enough fentanyl to kill almost 60,000 people.
Esteban Perez, Jr (CCSO)

A Sarasota man has been arrested during a traffic stop Saturday after transporting enough fentanyl to kill almost 60,000 people.

“I will not tolerate anyone who endangers the lives of our residents,” Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said. “The synthetic opioid fentanyl is one of the biggest dangers facing our country. I’ve made it a priority to raise awareness about this drug while also getting it out of Collier County.”

Esteban Perez, Jr., of Sarasota, was arrested after he was found with 987 fentanyl pills weighing a combined 119.2 grams.

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The FDA estimates that one kilo of fentanyl can kill 500,000 people.

At around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, a CCSO patrol deputy witnessed Perez driving a vehicle and failing to stop when entering a roadway.

The deputy made a traffic stop and detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies found the fentanyl pills, cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, marijuana, synthetic cannabinoid, and narcotic paraphernalia.

Perez was arrested and charged with trafficking in fentanyl, plus five more felonies for drug possession.

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