Man arrested after returning to Seattle hotel to retrieve bag containing 15,000 fentanyl pills

SEATTLE — Authorities arrested a 23-year-old man Thursday after he left a bag containing 15,000 fentanyl pills at a hotel in downtown Seattle and returned to retrieve it, according to police and KIRO-TV.

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Investigators said a housekeeper found the duffel bag left behind in a room that she was preparing for new guests on Thursday. The manager opened the bag to try to identify its owner and found “a large number of pills inside,” according to police.

Hotel staff called authorities, who responded and took the bag.

“As (officers) were preparing to enter the pills into evidence, they received another call from the hotel,” police said in a news release. “The manager told them that the owner of the bag had just called and was coming back to pick it up.”

Police took the owner of the bag, identified only as a 23-year-old man, into custody at the hotel, officials said.