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Record-setting drug bust case goes to court

Vinton woman allegedly hid large amount of opioids in trunk

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ROANOKE, Va. – A Vinton woman facing accusations of having a record-setting amount of an illegal drug in a hidden compartment of her car pleaded not guilty Thursday in Roanoke.

Chelsea Marie Fry is facing a federal charge for having the drug fentanyl and trying to sell it, court records show.

She allegedly had nearly 2 kilograms of the opioid, or more than 4 pounds, in her car. A Virginia State Police spokesperson says that’s the largest state police seizure of fentanyl in a traffic stop. 

A federal officer said police pulled Fry over for speeding Aug. 5 on Interstate 81 in Rockingham County. The officer says the 24-year-old was visibly upset.

The federal report says a drug dog alerted officers to Fry’s trunk, where they found bags of drugs under a bolted-down steel plate. The report says it appeared as if Fry tried to mask the odor.

Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid. It’s one of the drugs causing a rise in deadly overdoses around the country.