(WFSB) – More than 20,000 fentanyl tablets and 15 kilograms of fentanyl powder have been pulled from the streets of Connecticut, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The DEA said the amount of fentanyl seized could have resulted in 1 million lethal doses.
The seizures were part of a nationwide operation conducted by the DEA between May and September. In total, he seized more than 10 million fentanyl tablets nationwide. To learn more about the operation and the DOJ announcement, click here: https://bit.ly/3xZjyeF
Officers warned that the synthetic drug was mixed with all types of drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and especially fake pills meant to look like pharmaceuticals.
They also said the dealers were targeting younger generations and that it was important to start having conversations about drugs now.
“Talk to your kids about having an exit strategy. If they’re confronted with something or at a party, talk about ways they can quickly give an answer to whoever tries to get them to try these drugs and they can get out of there safely,” said the Deputy Special Agent for the DEA New England. manager Jon DeLena.
The DEA said two large cartels were responsible for the product and had networks as far away as New England.
So far this year, 84% of overdoses in Connecticut have involved fentanyl.
There are many prevention and awareness programs in the state, including Demand Zero: https://www.demandzero.org/
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