Bag left behind by Seattle hotel guest leads to arrest, discovery of 15,000 fentanyl pills

Fentanyl pills seized by Seattle police

SEATTLE — Seattle police said a forgotten bag at a downtown Seattle hotel led to the arrest of a man and the discovery of 15,000 fentanyl pills.

On Thursday, a housekeeper told her manager she found a duffel bag inside a room she was cleaning. When the manager opened the bag to try to find out who it belonged to, he found a package of pills inside.

Police were called, and officers arrived and confiscated the bag and pills. As officers were preparing to enter the pills into evidence, the hotel manager contacted police and said the bag’s owner had just called and was coming to pick it up.

Officers arrived at the hotel and took a 23-year-old man into custody.

“According to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, fentanyl deaths continue to rise in the region. If you or someone you know is struggling with opiate addiction there are services throughout King County meant to help you. If you choose to use opiates, please use every available precaution, and keep Narcan nearby,” a post from the Seattle Police Blotter said.

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