On Tuesday the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seized 15,000 rainbow fentanyl pills that were hidden within Lego boxes in New York City.
On September 28, DEA task force members confronted a New Jersey woman, Latesha Bush, whom they had been surveilling in the Hudson Yards neighborhood. When agents confronted the woman, they found two large black tote bags with a large Lego box that contained the Fentanyl tablets, as reported by Breitbart.
“One person was arrested and approximately 15,000 fentanyl pills were seized as part of an ongoing investigation into a fentanyl trafficking organization,” stated the DEA in a press release. “The fentanyl pills, in various colors, were destined for distribution throughout New York City and had been concealed in a LEGO box to deter law enforcement attention.”
“The fentanyl pills were also imprinted with “M” and “30” to resemble “30 M”, Oxycodone Hydrochloride 30 mg pills,” the DEA explained about the largest fentanyl seizure in Manhattan history.
The 48-year-old Bush was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first and third degree.
“The case highlights Mexican cartels’ most recent tactics to attract the public while deceiving them about the lethal drugs,” the press release continued. “The Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco New Generation Cartel are mass-producing fentanyl pills in rainbow colors to not only brand their products but use colors and dyes to mimic candy and/or legitimate prescription drugs.”
“Rainbow fentanyl is a clear and present danger, and it is here in New York City,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Frank Tarentino. “Approximately forty percent of the pills we analyze in our lab contain a lethal dose; and in a recent 15-week enforcement operation, DEA New York seized half a million lethal pills.”
“These staggering statistics underscore the importance of reminding the public that just one pill can kill; and this operation alone removed the equivalent of 500,000 lethal doses of fentanyl from circulation in the Empire State,” the special agent explained. “In the same reporting period, DEA seized the equivalent of over 36 million lethal doses nationally.”
Over the summer, Border Patrol made the second-largest fentanyl bust in American history. On August 22 at the Nogales Port of Entry, border guards stopped an 18-wheeler filled with 1.27 million pills and 104 pounds of cocaine within the floor of the trailer.
Within the floor of the truck, the agents found about 300,000 pills, 13 pounds of heroin, two pounds of fentanyl powder, and 10 pounds of cocaine, according to the Epoch Times.
“Using happy colors to make a deadly drug seem fun and harmless is a new low, even for the Mexican cartels,” explained NYC Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan. “Fentanyl is already involved in more than 80% of overdose deaths in the city.”
“If you take any drug sold on the street or through the internet, regardless of its medicinal markings or festive appearance, you risk your life,” he continued, adding, “My office and our partners are committed to intercepting lethal fentanyl and ensuring that these rainbow-colored pills don’t lead more people down a sad path of substance use and overdose death.”
The smuggling of Fentanyl has become such a major issue in the United States that a bipartisan group of attorney generals sent a letter to President Biden urging him to declare the drug a weapon of mass destruction.
“Dear Mr. President: As attorneys general of our respective states, we are deeply involved in the fight to end the national opioid crisis,” the letter to the White House began. “Collectively, as a group on a bipartisan basis, we recently concluded several large, historic settlements that will give each of us resources to battle this crisis.”
“As you well know, the national opioid crisis is not and has not been a static event,” it continues. “Instead, the opioid epidemic in this country has evolved over time from prescription opioids to heroin to synthetic opioids, namely fentanyl. Currently, fentanyl is exacerbating the death toll increasing exponentially every year for the last several years.”
“The purpose of this letter is to propose an unorthodox solution that may help abate or at least slow the crisis’s trajectory while also protecting Americans from a mass casualty event from fentanyl,” the 18 attorneys general explained. “We ask that you consider classifying illegal fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction or, if you conclude you do not have authority to do so, urge Congress to pass legislation to do so.”
While President Joe Biden continues to neglect the situation on the southern border, dangerous drugs like Fentanyl are continuing to be smuggled deep into the United States including liberal strongholds like Manhattan. Democrat's willful ignorance of the problem on the southern border is getting Americans killed as cartels increasingly target young people with tens of thousands of colored fentanyl pills.
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