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Tip Leads Madera Detectives to Cache of Pills, Guns



Madera County drug/gun seizure
Madera city police and county deputies seize guns and pills believed to have fentanyl. (Facebook/Madera County SO)
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Madera authorities arrested Raymond Angel Torrez, 22, on Tuesday on drug trafficking, illegal gun possession, and probation violation charges.

Deputies booked Torrez into Madera County Jail, where he remains in custody, with bail totaling $110,000.

Tipped Off to Pills, Guns

Acting on a tip that counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl were being sold in the 200 block of Williams Avenue, a search warrant was served at the location.

The Madera Narcotic Enforcement Team and Madera County Sheriff’s Problem-Oriented Policing team

Detectives seized 59 pills believed to contain fentanyl, an unregistered handgun, a sawed-off shotgun, and two AR-15 style pistols, as well as several hundred rounds of live ammunition.

The seized pills are off blue in color and marked “Oxycodone Hydrochloride 30mg.” The pills also have an “M” imprint inside a square on one side and “30” above a horizontal line on the opposite side.

Often, these pills are counterfeit and contain fentany. One pill can be enough for a deadly fentanyl overdose, Madera law enforcement officials said.

Detectives Want Your Tips

Anyone with information regarding fentanyl pills, drug sales, or the unlawful possession of firearms may contact the MADNET tip line at (559) 675-7776. Callers can remain anonymous.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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