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Enough Fentanyl found during Hwy 70 drug bust to make more than 1/2 million counterfeit pills

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A Chico man has been arrested after a huge amount of illegal narcotics were found in the car he was driving on Hwy 70 near Palermo on Friday.

Posted: Apr 9, 2021 3:48 PM
Updated: Apr 10, 2021 9:14 AM

PALERMO, Calif. - A traffic stop on Highway 70 near Walker Lane south of Palermo (near Oroville) resulted in a narcotics bust early Friday morning.

On Apr. 9 shortly before 7:00 a.m. a Butte County Sheriff's Deputy stopped a driver for allegedly speeding. During the traffic stop Deputy Tyler Hardwick's K-9 alerted to the presence of narcotics inside of the car.

What was discovered inside was described by officers as a substantial amount of methamphetamine, as well as 488 Oxycodone (M30) pills that are suspected to be counterfeit.

The Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) was called in and conducted a more extensive search of the car. They said they found approximately 25 pounds of methamphetamine, over a pound and a half of heroin, and over a pound of suspected powdered Fentanyl.

According to BINTF this amount of Fentanyl was enough to produce more than a half a million counterfeit pills. An amount as small as 2 milligrams (roughly 7 grains of salt) could cause a fatal overdose.

The driver was identified as 48-year-old Shawn Nowlin of Chico. Nowlin was arrest and taken to the Butte County Jail. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, transportation of methamphetamine, possession for sale of an opiate, and transportation for sale of an opiate.

Nowlin is currently being held at the Butte County Jail on one million dollars bail.

This is the second counterfeit narcotics case this week in the Oroville area. CLICK HERE to read of another major bust that may be related to Fentanyl in Butte County that put three teenagers in the hospital.

If you have any information about Fentanyl or narcotics cases in Butte County you are asked to contact BINTF at (530) 538-2261.

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