Caller Arrested for Possession of Fentanyl-based Powder

17 July 2019  
Detectives responded to a call and allegedly found the caller in possession of Fentenyl.

On July 14, 2019, 31-year-old Cheyenne Pechacek was arrested for a warrant and additionally charged with Possession of a Dangerous Drug, Possession of a Narcotic Drug, and Possession of a Prescription Drug. She remains in the Camp Verde Detention Center on a $5250 bond. 

Background – Around 7:30 PM on July 14th, deputies were dispatched to the Pilot Travel Center in the 14000 block of Cordes Lakes Road, Cordes Junction, regarding suspicious circumstances. Cheyenne called YCSO to report someone was bugging (using a listening device) her car. Prior to arriving, deputies were advised by dispatch personnel that she had a valid warrant. At the location, deputies checked the vehicle and could find no evidence of a listening device. Cheyenne was arrested for the warrant. 

During a review of her property before booking, deputies found a red tube attached to her key chain that contained a baggie of white powder which Cheyenne acknowledged could be fentanyl. Inside the vehicle, deputies found unmarked pills inside a green baggie and a glass vile with white powder residue. In Cheyenne’s pants pocket, deputies located a plastic baggie containing 7 and one half blue bills scored to indicate Clonazepam but not verified. 

Due to the danger of handling potential fentanyl based powder, a detective from Partner’s Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT) was called out to test the white powder found inside the red tube. Using specialized testing gear the detective confirmed the powder was fentanyl. There was also a possibility the unmarked pills contained fentanyl, but the initial test was inconclusive and due to the danger in handling such a narcotic, testing was stopped. During booking, detention officers located 2 more baggies hidden in her bra. She claimed one contained fentanyl powder and the other held methamphetamine crystals. 

The estimated weight of fentanyl seized was 2.1 grams. 


Statement and photo comparison below is from the U.S. Department of Justice (refer to email attachment for source info)

Fentanyl—a synthetic opioid much stronger than heroin—and related threats are fueling this lethal crisis. Fentanyl is sold in many forms in the United States—such as powder, crystals, or liquid—and only a couple milligrams can kill. Fentanyl can be mixed into other drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, or pressed into pills and sold as counterfeit prescription drugs. Users who seek to obtain these other drugs often have no idea they are actually putting something much deadlier into their bodies. Even worse, fentanyl analogues, like carfentanil, are even more potent than fentanyl and are being trafficked to users with increasing frequency, further threatening the lives of countless Americans.


Fentanyl powder removed from key chain container.

Further information on fentanyl and its effects can be found here – 


Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

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