They hid 500 thousand fentanyl pills in collagen bottles

Casa Grande, Arizona.- Two women were arrested after police stopped the van they were traveling in for speeding and discovered 500,000 fentanyl pills, Arizona authorities reported.

The pills were hidden in bottles of collagen supplements, and a firearm and a large amount of cash were also found during Monday’s inspection, police in Casa Grande, a small town south of Phoenix, said in a statement. .

The detained women were identified as Martha López, 31, and Tania Luna Solís, 30. Both are from Phoenix.

Court records do not indicate whether they have attorneys who can testify on your behalf.

Two children were in the vehicle, both of whom were turned over to the state child care service, police said.

Overdose deaths in the United States have been on the rise for the past two decades. The rise began in the 1990s with overdoses from opioid painkillers and then from other substances such as heroin and, more recently, fentanyl.

More than 71,000 overdose deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids were recorded last year, a 23 percent increase from the previous year. There was also a 23 percent increase in deaths from cocaine and a 34 percent increase in deaths from methamphetamine and other stimulants.