Authorities Seize Thousands of Fentanyl Pills Hidden in Candy Boxes
(DailyVantage.com) – The drug crisis in America is at an all-time high. According to the CDC, more than 107,000 people died from overdoses in 2021. Fentanyl, a highly dangerous synthetic opioid, is responsible for most of those fatalities. Authorities executed record-breaking seizures of the drug this year alone. One of the most recent came on Wednesday, October 19.
Narcotics detectives and DEA agents working a security checkpoint at Los Angeles International Airport seized nearly 12,000 fentanyl pills. The suspect, who attempted to sneak the drugs through using candy packaging, managed to escape authorities. However, law enforcement officials are reportedly aware of the smuggler’s identities and launched an investigation into the situation.
Agents found nearly 12,000 fentanyl pills disguised in Skittles, Whoopers and Sweet Tarts packaging. https://t.co/hn0JCVQebN
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) October 20, 2022
The LA airport incident is just one of many recent seizures, representing a small part of the larger picture. According to California Attorney General Rob Bonta, state agencies have seized more than four million pills and nearly 900 pounds of fentanyl powder since 2021. In Ohio, authorities captured more than 4 million deadly drug doses from March to September this year.
The border crisis is a primary contributor to the drug endemic. Although Border Patrol is seizing record quantities of narcotics, there’s no telling how much is getting through. Stories like this are becoming far too common.
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