Authorities Intercepted ‘Enough Fentanyl To Kill The Entire Population Of Ohio’
Law enforcement officials in the State of Ohio reported a recent drug bust this week that amounted to over 20 kilograms, roughly 40 pounds of the pure form of fentanyl. It was enough to kill the state’s entire population, they said.
The suspects were arrested and will likely face drug trafficking charges, law enforcement officials said.
“Twenty-kilograms of fentanyl is enough to kill the entire population of Ohio, many times over,” said Vance Callender, Homeland Security Investigations special agent in charge for Michigan and Ohio.
“As this significant seizure makes clear, HSI and our partners are united in our resolve to protect our communities and our country from the deadly scourge of drug trafficking. We stand ready to use every tool and resource at our disposal to attack and dismantle these organizations from the low-level dealers to the source of supply with our law enforcement partners.”
Fentanyl is a highly-potent, synthetic opioid. It only takes the equivalent of four grains of salt of the drug to kill the average adult. The drug is largely responsible for the devastating opioid epidemic.
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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost called the drug “a weapon of mass destruction.” According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 28,400 people died from synthetic opioid related overdoses in 2017. This marked a 47 percent increase from 2016’s number of synthetic opioid overdose deaths.