Search uncovers fentanyl, stolen firearm


A vehicle search uncovered meth, fentanyl and  a stolen firearm on Interstate 80 March 4.

A deputy with the Seward County Sheriff’s Office
Interdiction Task Force conducted a stop for a traffic violation on a Chevrolet Tahoe near mile marker 382 in the eastbound lanes.

During the stop, the deputy became suspicious that the occupants were involved in criminal activity. A probable cause search was conducted based on information provided by the driver.

The deputy located multiple packages of controlled substances that tested positive for methamphetamine and fentanyl pills. The total weight of the methamphetamine
was determined to be over 44 pounds, and approximately 9,000 fentanyl pills. A stolen firearm also was located in the vehicle.

Fausto A. Castro-Mendoza of Phoenix, Arizona, and Jesus Villanueva of Denver, Colorado, were taken into custody without incident. Castro-Mendoza was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Villanueva also was found to be a fugitive from justice because of outstanding warrants issued in Colorado.