- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

DERBY, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut say they have seized 55 pounds of the potent prescription opioid painkiller fentanyl with an estimated street value of $1.5 million from a tractor trailer.

Derby police say the drugs were found in the truck’s cab during a traffic stop Wednesday morning.

The driver, 47-year-old Erick Escalante, of Arizona, was taken into custody and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration because of the volume of drugs found.

He was held without bond after appearing in federal court on charges of possession, intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess and sell the drug. It could not immediately be determined if he has a lawyer.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 4.

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