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Suspected fentanyl trafficker caught in Minnesota with enough pills for 2 million deadly doses

Federal charges detail seizure of fentanyl pills from man suspected of bringing them from California


March 16, 2023

Drug Enforcement Administration

A bag of pills containing fentanyl.

A single traffic stop last month of a man suspected of trafficking massive quantities of fentanyl pills from California to Minnesota yielded enough pills to produce more than 2 million possible lethal doses, according to new federal charges unsealed this week.

State troopers arrested Cortez Ananias Williams at the Minnesota-Iowa border on Feb. 13 after a task force that had been investigating him for a year used an informant and cellphone location data to track his latest cross-country trip to allegedly bring fentanyl pills into the state.

According to a federal criminal complaint first filed on Feb. 17 and unsealed this week, law enforcement recovered about 4.4 kilograms of pills that field-tested positive for fentanyl and 994 grams of cocaine from the rental car Williams and another man, who has not been charged, was in.


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