Police Arrest Two Men In Possession Of Enough Fentanyl ‘To Kill 4.7 Million People’

Police Arrest Two Men With Enough Fentanyl To Kill 47 Million People

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  • Two men were arrested and charged with possession of enough fentanyl to reportedly kill 4.7 million people.
  • Including the meth and cocaine that was also recovered, it was the largest drug bust in Orange County, California in 16 years.
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Two men were recently arrested in Orange County, California when their minivan was found to contain enough fentanyl “to kill 4.7 million people”.

Buena Park police officers also recovered 821 pounds of meth and 189.7 pounds of cocaine from the same minivan.

According to a press release issued by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, a lethal dose of fentanyl is as little as 2 milligrams; authorities recovered 20.5 pounds.

“Millions of unsuspecting people have the grim reaper looking over their shoulder and they have no idea how close they actually are to dying from taking a single pill,” said Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer. “Fentanyl is cheap, it’s easy to get and it is killing our children, our coworkers, and tens of thousands of innocent Americans who don’t have to die. Drug dealers don’t care about you or your loved ones – they only care about their bottom line and making as much money as possible. With fentanyl in an estimated 40 percent of street drugs, it’s not a matter of if but when someone you know and love dies from fentanyl. We have to continue to do everything we can to combat this deadly drug epidemic and save lives.”

Fentanyl is driving a nationwide overdose epidemic, says the DEA

Edgar Alfonso Lamas, 36, and Carlos Raygozaparedes, 53, were charged with one felony count of possession of sale of a controlled substance, three felony counts of sale or transportation for sale of a controlled substance, and two felony counts of possession of sale of a controlled substance.

Both men have pleaded not guilty and each faces a maximum sentence of 37 years and 4 month if convicted on all charges.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sent out a letter to law enforcement with a warning about a nationwide spike in “mass overdose” events involving drugs being spiked with lethal amounts of fentanyl.

“In just the past two months, there have been at least seven confirmed mass overdose events across the United States resulting in 58 overdoses and 29 overdose deaths,” the letter read.

“Many of the victims of these mass overdose events thought they were ingesting cocaine and had no idea that they were in fact ingesting fentanyl.”

The DEA also reported that “the CDC estimates that in the 12-month period ending in October 2021, over 105,000 Americans died of drug overdoses and over 66% of those deaths were related to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. Last year, the United States suffered more fentanyl-related deaths than gun-related and auto-related deaths combined.”