Pikes Peak Crime Stoppers offer $1,000 reward for fentanyl arrests

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) – In response to recent arrests and deaths at the hands of deadly fentanyl, the Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers (PPACS) are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to a fentanyl arrest.

“Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous drug that can be deadly in doses as low as two milligrams. Recently there have been many deaths from this drug in the area, most recently when several young people died from this substance in Colorado Springs,” Don Addy with Crime Stoppers told KRDO.

Recently, 4th Judicial District Attorney Michael Allen echoed a similar sentiment.

“Two milligrams of fentanyl can be deadly. Two milligrams, you could have two pills that are counterfeit pills and there’s no way to tell by looking at the pills, how much fentanyl is in one of those pills,” Allen said.

On February 28, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office arrested Samuel Rivera, 36, for illegal drug distribution. In the arrest affidavit obtained by KRDO, the arresting officers found 8.5 grams of fentanyl on him. They were located in a sandwich page with “M-30” (fentanyl) written across the front.

The affidavit says the officers did not feel comfortable counting or sorting the “blue colored pills” because they feared exposure to fentanyl.

Addy told KRDO the increased reward is a response to an increase in fentanyl deaths, much like the tragic death of a District 11 student in December. The drug the student engaged with was unknowingly mixed with fentanyl.

“Fentanyl is mixed with other drugs so people are taking it unknowingly and it’s very hard to fight, so the point we’re trying to make is to all work together to get this product off the streets,” Addy said.

Crime Stoppers wants to do its part to keep the fight against fentanyl going before more lives are taken by this dangerous drug.

“You can help. You can help the community solve this problem. If you have information, give it to us, don’t worry about retaliation. If it’s good information that results in an arrest, you can claim a reward,” added Addy. noted.

Crime Stoppers urges anyone with information about someone distributing fentanyl to call 719-634-7867 or visit the website. People can remain anonymous and receive the reward if the tip leads to an arrest.

Mark M. Gagnon