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

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.

Comments

Sudden Debt Badsamm Thu, 08/10/2017 - 02:55 Permalink

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. 

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Jeffersonian Liberal Yars Revenge Thu, 08/10/2017 - 08:04 Permalink

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.

Poof!

Utopia.

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

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MsCreant Thu, 08/10/2017 - 01:07 Permalink

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.

Offthebeach Bear Thu, 08/10/2017 - 08:42 Permalink

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.    

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Jballsquared MsCreant Thu, 08/10/2017 - 02:29 Permalink

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.

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Dun_Dulind Thu, 08/10/2017 - 01:10 Permalink

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 BeepBeepRichie Thu, 08/10/2017 - 01:53 Permalink

 
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..the "grateful alive" Might make a good name for a band. .. and from really nasty drugs, no less.

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BaaadSheep Thu, 08/10/2017 - 01:11 Permalink

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.

Manthong bardot63 Thu, 08/10/2017 - 01:58 Permalink

 
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Hmm., ..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.

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StarGate bh2 Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:57 Permalink

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.

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Manthong HRClinton Thu, 08/10/2017 - 02:53 Permalink

  Wildnil…. 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  
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..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.https://youtu.be/Sk3sURDS4IA 

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