Police Seize Enough Fentanyl "To Kill Half Of NYC" In Recent Bust

Tyler Durden's picture

The opioid crisis is killing tens of thousands of Americans a year as powerful synthetic drugs like fentanyl are increasingly mixed in with the heroin supply, killing unsuspecting addicts in greater numbers. These lab-manufactured opioids and their pharmacological cousins are so powerful, a 20-pound mixture of fentanyl and heroin that was recently seized by law enforcement was said to contain enough of the narcotic to kill half of New York City’s 9 million residents, according to one Drug Enforcement Administration agent who spoke with Consumerist.

The drugs were taken when DEA agents busted a heroin mill operating out of an apartment across the street from Central Park. Police arrested four men, including one who was posing as an Uber driver, for their alleged involvement in the drug-distributing ring.

According to NYC’s department of Health and Mental Hygiene, fentanyl – which is 50 times more potent than heroin - is driving a spike in fatal overdoses, which reached an all-time high of 1,374 deaths in 2016, a 46% increase over 2015. Nationwide, the rate of drug-related deaths per 100,000 people peaked at 19.7 during the third quarter, up from 16.7 during the same period a year earlier, according to government data released Tuesday. The increase was driven largely by opioids, specifically fentanyl, carfentanil and other synthetics. Deaths from drug overdoses in the US are believed to have surpassed the 60,000 mark last year.

“Fentanyl is the deadliest street drug to ever hit this country,” said DEA Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt. “This seizure alone contains enough potency to kill half of the population of New York City, if laboratory analysis proves it is all fentanyl. Fentanyl is manufactured death that drug dealers are mixing with heroin.”

Here’s an account of the bust, courtesy of Consumerist:

“DEA agents were conducting surveillance near the building on Central Park West on Aug. 4 when they saw one defendant leaving with two boxes inside a large shopping bag. He got into a vehicle driven by another defendant, an Uber driver, with agents following behind.


Investigators stopped the vehicle, and observed the suspect sitting in the backseat with two boxes: One box was open and they could see a clear plastic bag containing a tan powdery substance inside.


After looking more closely at that box — the larger of the two — investigators say they also saw six large cylindrical packages wrapped in tape and plastic wrap.


And in the smaller box, officials spotted a large cylindrical package wrapped in tape and plastic wrap, and a clear plastic bag containing a tan powdery substance.


Agents seized the packages, and arrested both the Uber driver and the passenger. Meanwhile, investigators kept watching the building, and eventually observed a man previously identified as a member of a drug trafficking organization exiting with another man. When questioned by agents, he said he lived in the building, and admitted to having a gun and drugs in the apartment."

The bust also generated some laughable headlines. According to the Verge, the dealers had branded the some of the packaged heroin with the Uber logo. The drug crew used other corporate logos, like McDonald’s, as well as generic names like “Black Friday.”

President Donald Trump’s Commission on Drug Addiction and Combating the Opioid Crisis urged the president to declare a state of emergency to help combat the crisis. On Tuesday, Trump said the US has “no alternative” but to triumph over the crisis.

The US already has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in the world.

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Yars Revenge's picture

Drug busts don't accomplish anything in terms of reducing the quantity of drugs on the street.


HRClinton's picture

Where can I get the Blue stuff from the movie Lucy (Scarlett Johansson)?

Now that was some good shit. 

Tallest Skil's picture

I'm just sad this stuff can't kill half of New York City now that it's off the street. And sad that that's not how analogies work.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

Quitting Afghanistan -and- trying to gut the domestic drug market!? The CIA is going to be ever so pissed...

And thats without even mentioning the Syrian "rebel" arms trade he just axed.


vato poco's picture

there! you SEE, you hophead dopefiend drugged-up junkie motherfuckers?!?

the War on Drugs works!! we're winning!!!

HowdyDoody's picture

Note: Clinical experiments have proven that the same amount is sufficient to kill 2.71828182845904523536 Fat Boy brothers in law.

29.5 hours's picture

Up vote for the first confirmed use of natural log constant e in a ZH post...



Doom Porn Star's picture

If the material was of such quantity and potency to credibly be enough to KILL half the populace of NYC; what is to say that the intended purpose of the cashe was not for doing just that?


This might be a terrorist conspiracy cloaked as drug peddling to obscure it's true intent...


Badsamm's picture

What about all the opium leaving Afghanistan, that place were we have all those heavily armed people with the best tech.

Any arrests?

Sudden Debt's picture

Arrests don't do shit if you have a population that's lazy and loves drugs.

It's a national mentallity.


How many dopehead are here on Zerohedge alone who constantly try to argue that drugs is good and the rest is evil?


America has 10 times more drugs addicts then Europe. Well, that says enough.

The American public defends drugs as a right. How can you solve a problem with a mentality like that?

The best way to solve it is to let them continue and OD. No pitty on drug users. Take away their rights, kick them out of their houses and if they do 1 thing wrong, deport them to puerto rico.


dark pools of soros's picture

dont take drugs, unless you can take em

dont take drugs, buy your own

yes let us do our fucking drugs and let the lightweights die...

Nexus789's picture

Not just street drugs. People are addicted to prescription drugs on a scale bigger than anywhere else. 

ResistTemptation's picture

I can tell you that big pharma is the cause of our opioid problem ... yet ... why are they not being squeezed for cash to help solve the problem? All I see is Trump spending tax dollars to do what? You go in for surgery and 3 months later you are a pill head. How is that a choice?

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Obviously, the solution to this fentanyl problem in NYC (and in the entire country) is to legalize it.

Make it so legal people can buy it out of vending machines.

And if they can't afford it, provide the poor people a SDAP (Supplemental Drug Assistance Program) card.

Because the problem underlying all these issues is merely the illegality of drugs.

Make them legal, and all these problems simply disappear.



The same road to Utopia we can take by simply giving in to the socialists and communists.

StarGate's picture

And drug addiction is a preventable disease.
Don't take any.

MsCreant's picture

I feel fortunate that when I experimented with drugs in my youth that I was not up against these kinds of substances. I had a "no needles" rule and I grew out of it.

I don't want to interfere with people's freedom of choice. I do think massive education about what this is and can do is in order.

Bear's picture

massive education = massive waste = every user already knows the risks and doesn't care

BlindMonkey's picture

Human broken windows have to be bullish. 

dchang0's picture

To be fair, MsCreant did not say "massive government education." Could work if parents actually educated/raised/disciplined their kids properly.

Yeah, that's not going to happen, but it would work if done.

dark pools of soros's picture

Silk Road was a safe way... blind street deals are a roll of the dice

DarkestbeforeDawn's picture

You are correct Bear.  As an ex-junkie I can tell you all the "education" in the world sin't going to stop addict from using.  Until the pain  from using is worse than the pain of not using, there will be no significant change.  That's human nature in it's purest form

Offthebeach's picture

Not caring is the goal.

All regimes want masses of drones, serfs, consumers....call it what you will.  In the west, now, merchants want mass consumers.  Who will be sold what they are mass advertised to want, that they are indebted by fiat finance to sell their future work slave days to "buy" what is "sold" to their mass edjamakated hive minds.

Drugs, booze, daytime TV, movies, Facebook,  CNN and thiusands more all to SOMA you, dustract you, keep you .

The genius is to arrest you, to tax you to support the states agents, to train them, feed and pension them...all around the drugs the human beasts take to amuse their already dead bored brains .

Natural, healthy people should at a minimum be bored, ceazy, restless.  That is good and proper and healthy and the beginning to ...find yourself, or begin to, or the life long  journey.  



MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

"I don't do drugs anymore.  Well -- not any more than, say, the average touring Reggae band..."

- Bill Hicks

Jballsquared's picture

I fucking love fentanyl. Only ever had it in the hospital but it is a godsend. America has the highest incarceration rate for drugs, the highest enforcement and interdiction budget, and after 43 years of both of those has the highest rates of usage and of death from overdose. Maybe it's a stupid fucking approach, or a crooked one.

Darkman17's picture

I would leave it up to parents to educate kids. Sure their rules won't be precise but they will get close "a little booze and a little weed is ok, the rest you stay away from" would reduce our drug problems by 95%.

No need for government to waste more of our money.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

"Parents?" They have "parents?" 

Montani Semper Liberi's picture

 I've seen the needle and the damage done.


MsCreant's picture

A little part of it in everyone one.

TheSkipper1967's picture

But every junkie's like a settin' sun.

Lucretius's picture

I thank God that I was NOT given the addict gene, others in my family did! What I did receive was a healthy dose of UNcommon sense!

Catullus's picture

60,000 OD deaths a year? That's like nearly twice the number of road fatalities a year.

Fox-Scully's picture

Some of the road fatalities are due to drugs so you are being generous when you say nearly twice--It is probably greater!

BlindMonkey's picture

Wake me up when it hits abortion numbers.  Thanks. 

Joe A's picture

And if I am not wrong, around 4 times the gun violence related deaths.

Dun_Dulind's picture

On the positive side, I got a kidney from some kid that keeled over from this shit.

Heroin/Fentanyl cocktails might be better than no helmet laws for people looking for organs.

Manthong's picture


..the "grateful alive"

Might make a good name for a band.


.. and from really nasty drugs, no less.

BaaadSheep's picture

Who the fuck would leave their box full of dope wide open when an officer comes to the window?!? Im happy this batch of crap is off the street but the bust has BS written all over it.

DarkestbeforeDawn's picture

Agreed-this has BS written all over it.

NoCommies's picture

Addicts can be pretty stupid

Lucretius's picture

Yup, sounds more like the DEA lost track of THEIR package and shot down a few patsies. In my estimation they ought to take it down to the local welfare office and pass it out, if there is any left, send it to the beltway for use as an artificial coffee sweetener!

Bunga Bunga's picture

I wonder why they haven't blamed it on Putin yet.

bh2's picture

Make it all legal. Problem solved.

HRClinton's picture

And punish all dealers the same way the Saudis do: public decapitation

It won't take many cases, for everyone to stop. Those who won't... good bye and good riddance. 

Sorry for triggering some ZH snowflakes. 

bardot63's picture

My thought exactly.  What's the downside if half of New York croaks?  Then ship about 100 pounds of this stuff to DC and leave it in an idling Escalade parked on the street.  Next stop:  Chicago. 

Manthong's picture



..crowd fund a special purpose little turboprop to disperse the powder over the triangle…..  ??

..problem is it would not make them any moar stupid or crazy.

DarkestbeforeDawn's picture

 And park that Escalade at 21st and Benning NE., next to the Wings fast food joint.

StarGate's picture

If it grows out of the ground, Mother Nature made it legal: grapes, hops, hemp, even poppies.

If it is made in a lab, different story. We probably don't need doctors or policemen as gatekeepers. Pharmacists would do a better job. Those abusing themselves and choosing to become an addict would become clear right away and the Pharmacist could cabash the next sale.

Get the kids busy with sports, chores and organize weekend dances at the grange so they can socialize in a healthy manner. Digging gardens, repairing the inner city buildings, and caring for the grandparents.

HRClinton's picture

How about some CARFENTANIL?

That stuff will bring down an elephant - as intended.

Manthong's picture



Oh… the education one can get here.

..but a dozen kilograms or so of the stuff likely would not take down a Clinton or Lynch


certainly half of NYC,  but not those monsters



..this is from ‘Nam time, but  even more appropriate today

If you really listen to the lyrics and the incredible guitar riffs and do not tear a bit….

You are the problem, not the solution.