Arizona

Three summer school students in Arizona were arrested Wednesday morning after they were allegedly found in possession of more than 3,200 pills of fentanyl, a potentially deadly synthetic opioid.

The students at San Luis High School were jailed and charged for drug possession and distribution charges, police said. Two of the students, Noemi Hernandez-Madrigal and Alessandra Cardenas-Hernandez, are both 18 and are being charged as adults. The third student, a 16-year-old male, will be charged as a minor.

Hernandez-Madrigal had three separate plastic zip-lock bags containing more than 3,200 blue M30 pills, also known as fentanyl, weighing a total of 373 grams, CBS affiliate KPHO reported.

Fentanyl is a fully synthetic opioid, originally developed as a powerful anesthetic for surgery. It is also administered to alleviate severe pain associated with terminal illnesses like cancer.

Illicitly produced fentanyl has been a driving factor in the growing opioid epidemic across the country. The rate of drug overdoses involving fentanyl skyrocketed by about 113% each year from 2013 through 2016.

“Even half a pill can kill someone. It’s happened before,” San Luis Police Lt. Marco Santana told KYMA. “We’ve had about 19 overdoses just this year alone. We’ve had about 16 in 2018 it’s obviously a very dangerous drug and there’s no control.”

Santana said each pill costs $15 on the black market.

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A woman was killed Thursday night after jumping from a moving vehicle driven by a suspected drunk driver, Scottsdale police report.

Police say that they responded to 65th Street and Indian School Road around 8 p.m. for reports of a person in the roadway.

On scene, they found 24-year-old Summer Leann Crosswhite in the road. She was transported to a local hospital where she died.

Police say Crosswhite and her friend, 21-year-old Courtney Kiser, had been drinking in downtown Scottsdale. Kiser then reportedly drove home with Crosswhite in the front passenger seat.

At some point, Kiser and Crosswhite got into an argument.

Some time during or after the argument, Crosswhite reportedly opened the passenger-side door and jumped out of the moving car.

Kiser remained at the scene, police say. She was arrested for DUI.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Officer David Nash doesn’t remember much from the night he was violently attacked inside Arizona’s Lewis Prison. In the prison’s Morey unit, a two-floor section of cells that houses 50 high-risk offenders, Nash was on the ground floor telling two inmates to get back in their cells when they began to attack him

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An officer shot and wounded a person who sought on a warrant during a struggle as the officer tried to arrest him. The man is recovering at the hospital.

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona — Flagstaff Police officials have released the name of the officer and the suspect in Monday’s officer-involved shooting.

The incident began to unfold Monday afternoon on the 2100 block of E. Route 66, when the officer, identified Tuesday evening as Nick Rubey, made contact with a person on a bicycle that the officer knew had a warrant out for his arrest. That person was identified Tuesday evening as 52-year-old Matthew Dearing. Afterwards, there was fight that resulted in the officer deploying his pepper spray.

Dearing, according to the statement Tuesday, then reached towards his waistline, retrieving an item believed to be a knife. Officer Rubey then ordered Dearing to drop his knife. Dearing then told Officer Rubey he didn’t have a knife, and simultaneously deployed a pepper spray at Officer Rubey’s face, severely impairing the officer’s eyesight. Officer Rubey then fired at Dearing once, striking him in the neck area.