During a drug bust earlier this month in Massachusetts, law enforcement confiscated pink, heart-shaped fentanyl pills made to resemble Valentine’s Day candy. The bust occurred in a two-family residential home that reportedly housed families with children.
The Department of Justice reports that approximately 10 million “doses of controlled substances” were seized during the operation. Out of these 10 million doses, at least eight million consisted of fentanyl and methamphetamine-laced pills and powder.
This drug seizure, amounting to over $8 million worth of narcotics, is characterized as “one of the largest single-location seizures of fentanyl and methamphetamine in Massachusetts and the region,” as stated by the DOJ in a press release.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said, “The only thing more depraved than trafficking deadly fentanyl is trafficking deadly fentanyl designed to look like candy to appeal to teenagers.”
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He went on to say, “The Justice Department is focused on attacking every link in the global fentanyl trafficking chain, and we will not stop until those responsible for the fentanyl poisoning epidemic are brought to justice.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray also issued a statement saying, “This seizure by the FBI’s North Shore Gang Task Force saved lives in communities throughout Massachusetts. Not only was this seizure one of the largest in the history of Massachusetts, but some of the pills were created to look like candy, potentially presenting an enormous risk to children. The FBI will continue to relentlessly pursue those involved in narcotics trafficking to keep drugs off our streets and out of the hands of children.”
Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy of the District of Massachusetts also commented, “The doses of controlled substances seized in this case exceed the number of residents in Massachusetts. The fact that we now are seeing fentanyl-laced pills pressed to resemble candy only underscores the urgency of this fentanyl crisis.”
Three individuals, namely Emilio Garcia, 25; Sebastien Bejin, 33 and Deiby Felix, 40, were apprehended during the operation. All three are expected to make court appearances next week.
The prelude to the drug bust stemmed from an overdose fatality in Salem approximately four months ago.
Additionally, this situation unfolds in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis that claimed the lives of 109,000 individuals between March 2021 and March 2022, as reported by CNN. Of these fatalities, it is said that fentanyl was implicated in roughly two-thirds.