‘Enough drugs to kill 2.5 million people’ Agents seize heroin, fentanyl in woman’s car on I-40

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Law enforcement arrested a woman after they said she hid hundred of thousands of dollars worth of drug inside her car battery.

The Shelby County District’s Attorney Office sent a press release written by Director Johnie Carter of the West Tennessee Judicial Violent Crime & Drug Task Force on the incident.

The suspect is now facing drug-trafficking charges after officers found a lethal mix of heroin and fentanyl hidden in a car battery inside the Ford Explorer, according to the West Tennessee Judicial Violent Crime & Drug Task Force.

Bereniz Cavazos, 30, was driving when she was stopped at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday on I-40 at the 31 mile marker in Fayette County, the release said.

Cavazos was stopped on a traffic violation and afterwards, officers developed reasonable suspicion that she was involved in criminal activity. A K9 officer was deployed and alerted to the presence of drugs in the vehicle. There were also clear signs of tampering, the release said.

According to the police, there were 11.5 pounds of drugs shoved inside the car battery, worth an estimated $500,000.

“He said just 2 milligrams of fentanyl can cause a fatal overdose, meaning that the seized shipment was enough to kill more than 2½ million people,” the release said.

The suspect was taken to the Fayette County Jail.

“The agents are always on alert,” Carter said. “They train hard and they work hard to professionally interdict illegal drugs being moved through West Tennessee, therefore I am proud of this seizure.”