STERLING HEIGHTS (WWJ) -- An alleged drug dealer was arrested and tens of thousands of doses of the deadly narcotic fentanyl were recovered after a month-long undercover operation by Sterling Heights police.
In early February, the Sterling Heights Police Department's Narcotics Team opened an investigation into a large-scale local drug dealer. The dealer was known to sell fentanyl pills disguised as oxycodone prescription pills -- down to the shape, color and "M30" label imprint.
Spanning Oakland and Macomb counties, the operation involved a number of drug deals conducted by undercover officers.
By late February, the Narcotics Team had obtained a search warrant for an address in Pontiac.
When officers executed the warrant, they discovered 18,000 fentanyl pills made to look like oxycodone.
According to Sterling Heights PD, the street value of the recovered drugs is around $450,000.
The Narcotics Team also arrested 31-year-old Miguel Angel Rosario-Nieves, of Pontiac. Rosario-Nieves was arrained and given a $500,000 bond.
"Due to the outstanding and diligent work by our undercover officers, there is no doubt that thousands of lives were saved by this arrest and the recovery of these fake oxycodone pills," said Lieutenant Mario Bastianelli in a press release.