About 1,000 imitation oxycodone pills containing fentanyl were found by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office last week.

On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office Special Problem and Drug Enforcement, or SPADE, unit found the pills after conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle for a speeding violation, a press release from the Sheriff’s Office states.

A K-9 with the agency smelled narcotics. A subsequent search uncovered the pill, which have a street value of $40,000, the release states.

The suspect was arrested and transported to Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I/II narcotics, the release states. Warren County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Stephen Collins declined to release the name of the individual who was arrested because of the ongoing investigation.

This is the second time this year the Warren County Sheriff’s Office has announced the discovery of imitation oxycodone pills. On Feb. 9, the Sheriff's Office seized 98 counterfeit oxycodone pills that were suspected to contain fentanyl and other suspects. The pills had a street value of $3,000, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Collins declined to say who was arrested in that Feb. 9 incident.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and as little as 2 milligrams of it can be a lethal dose, the release states. Medications not obtained from legitimate doctors and pharmacists can be laced with fentanyl, the release states.

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office in February pulled out of the Northwestern Virginia Drug and Gang Task Force to focus its resources within the county, Sheriff Mark Butler said at the time.

The office wanted to focus on stopping the drugs from getting into the county, which has roadway, waterway and airport travel entry points, Butler has said.

According to activity reports on the Sheriff’s Office website, the agency had 24 narcotic arrests in March, 24 in February and 64 in January.

Contact Charles Paullin at cpaullin@nvdaily.com