Massive Drug Bust in Ohio Seizes Enough Fentanyl to 'Kill Everyone' in State
Quantity of drug enough to wipe out State's population
Over 44 pounds of fentanyl has been seized by Investigators in a large scale drug bust in Ohio, with the quantity of the drugs being enough to kill the state's entire population "many times over," according to officials.
The raid took place in Dayton last week.
Investigators also seized some 1,500 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 500 grams of suspected heroin, $30,000, and three firearms, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Homeland Security Investigations special agent in charge for Michigan and Ohio, Vance Callender, said in a statement:
"Twenty kilograms of fentanyl is enough to kill the entire population of Ohio, many times over."
Three suspects were arrested, Shamar Davis, 31, Anthony Franklin, 30, and Grady Jackson, 37.
All face charges, including possession with intent to distribute 400 or more grams of fentanyl.
"The quantity of fentanyl, in this case, amounts to chemical warfare and a weapon of mass destruction," Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said.
"I applaud the work of our task force and our law enforcement partners - this is an enormous amount of deadly drugs that will no longer be on our streets."
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Acting Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Deters of the FBI's Cincinnati Division also added:
"This multi-million dollar fentanyl seizure clearly shows the enormity of the opioid problem in this area."
"Law enforcement will continue to work aggressively to address the illegal drug supply, but there is also a continuing need to address demand as well."
Earlier this year, 17.4 pounds of fentanyl was seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers after a vehicle inspection in California.
The bust resulted in the arrests of two American citizens for drug smuggling charges.
Agents from Yuma Sector assigned to the Blythe Station stopped a male driver of a 2013 Dodge Journey at a designated immigration checkpoint on Highway 78.
The man, identified as 29-year-old from Tolleson, Arizona, was referred by agents to a subsequent inspection after a sniffer dog alerted officials to an odor.