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CHP Makes Massive Fentanyl/Cocaine Bust on Interstate 5 in Fresno County
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By Bill McEwen, News Director
Published 7 months ago on
September 12, 2023

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Seattle resident Carlos Jordan Lopez, 27, remained in Fresno County Jail on Tuesday facing $715,000 bail following a traffic stop the afternoon of Sept. 8 on northbound Interstate 5 near Shields Avenue.

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Drug trafficking suspect Carlos Jordan Lopez

The California Highway Patrol said in a news release that officers seized more than 150 pounds of cocaine and fentanyl-laced pills from a 2013 Toyota Camry driven by Lopez on Friday.

“During the contact, the officer noted several factors that led him to believe the driver was engaged in criminal activity,” authorities said. “A search of the Camry led to the discovery of a large truck tire within the trunk. The tire was extremely heavy and believed to contain narcotics. Officers … recovered approximately 107 pounds of fentanyl-laced pills (485,340 pills) that were disguised as Oxycodone. Officers also located approximately 45 pounds of cocaine. … ”

The CHP estimated the street value of the drugs at $7.3 million.

Following Lopez’s arrest, he was booked into jail and charged with possession of cocaine and fentanyl for sale, and transportation of cocaine and fentanyl across noncontiguous counties.

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Bill McEwen,
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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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