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Traffic stop yields large amount of fentanyl

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Over 500 fentanyl pills were discovered during the vehicle search. COURTESY PHOTO

A traffic stop in May ended in two arrested and dangerous drugs taken out of circulation on Highway 59 in Polk County.

Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 59 for traffic violations.

The officers identified the driver as Michael Scott, 62, of Livingston, and the passenger as Lamar Gardner, 33, also of Livingston. While investigating the stop, deputies arrested Scott for the traffic offense.

An inventory search was then completed on the vehicle prior to having it towed. While searching the vehicle, five large, clear plastic bags of white pills, identified by law enforcement to be made of fentanyl, were found in the vehicle.

Scott and Gardner were arrested and transported to the Polk County Jail, where they were both charged with manufacturing and/or delivery of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony.  Each of the five bags contained over 100 fentanyl pills.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, this amount of fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. Synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, are said to be the primary driver of overdose deaths in the United States and has made its way into small towns and the local area.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says they are committed to finding, identifying and charging those involved in the illegal possession and distribution of these narcotics. They encourage all to remain vigilant in order to protect our children and the citizens of Polk County.

Those with information in reference to illegal drug distribution in Polk County are asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and speak to a narcotics detective at 936-327-6810, or an anonymous tip may be submitted at p3tips.com, the P3 App, or by calling Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP, where tipsters can remain anonymous and may collect a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

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    Stacy Manuel · 3 months ago
    Maybe we should start giving drug traffickers a dose of their own medicine.  It take a TINY TINY amount of fentanyl to KILL YOU.  Those are bags of death, each of those pills have the power to kill SEVERAL PEOPLE.  And guess where fentanyl comes from? Not Mexico but CHINA
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    Stacy Manuel · 3 months ago
    Thank God you caught them.  Fentanyl is a death every time it is taken.  
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    Linda Halstead · 3 months ago
    So proud of our sheriff deputies and police force here in Polk County great job folks