Lea County deputies seize more than $160K worth of narcotics in drug bust

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LEA COUNTY, N.M. – Lea County deputies seized thousands of pills they suspect to be fentanyl on Sunday. 

“We had already received information in reference to a person bringing in narcotics, into Lea County prior to the stop,” said David Ibarra, deputy commander with the Lea County Drug Task Force.

Ibarra says the drug investigation started at a traffic stop on Sunday. 

“We conducted an interview and also ran the dog,” said Ibarra.

The K-9 knew something was off. 

“We authored a search warrant on Sept. 5 for narcotics,” Ibarra said.

On Tuesday, officials searched the car and found $500 in cash, what they suspect is 15,000 fentanyl pills and 2 pounds of meth. 

Officials seized nearly $162,800 worth of drugs. 

They couldn’t tell us who was involved as the case is still under investigation.