Search warrant results in largest fentanyl pill seizure in the Walla Walla area

By on Tuesday, November 1st, 2022 in Columbia Basin Top Stories More Top Stories

WALLA WALLA – Weeks after detectives from two separate drug task forces served a search warrant on a residence in Walla Walla, local law enforcement has announced 11,653 fentanyl pills were seized.

“This is the largest amount of fentanyl pills seized in the Walla Walla region,” Walla Walla Police Department Public Information Officer Gunner Fulmer said.

On Oct. 11, at 6 p.m., detectives from the Walla Walla Regional Drug Gang Task Force and the Columbia River Drug Task Force from Wenatchee, served a search warrant on a residence on the 300 block of North Ninth Avenue in Walla Walla.

The search warrant was a follow-up to the arrest of Javier Valdez, 27, who was wanted on probable
cause from Wenatchee for first-degree aggravated murder.

Valdez was wanted in connection to a homicide that occurred on Aug. 12 in Wenatchee.

Aside from the fentanyl pills, detectives also seized two firearms, approximately three pounds of methamphetamine, 2.4 ounces of cocaine, 48 suboxone strips, and 83 grams of marijuana.

The Walla Walla Regional Drug Gang Task Force consists of members from the Walla Walla Police
Department, College Place Police Department, Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office, and Washington
State Department of Corrections.