Enough fentanyl to kill 190,000 people seized in joint law enforcement operation in Ohio

Ohio law enforcement seized 570 grams of fentanyl, 660 grams of methamphetamine and 139 grams of crack cocaine while executing search warrants at two apartments in Butler County on November 1.

Undercover officers from the Butler County Regional Narcotics Task Force (BURN) and the Hamilton Police Department conducted the search of apartments in the 1100 block of Washington Blvd in the City of Hamilton as part of a a joint operation.

Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine, and as little as two milligrams can be life-threatening.

In a statement on social media, Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said the amount of high-potency synthetic opioid fentanyl officers seized was enough to kill 190,000 people. It has now been taken off the streets.

During the search, officers arrested two people: Edward Fox, 33, of Hamilton, and Pierre Wilson, 38, of Hamilton.

Fox was charged with three counts of drug trafficking and drug possession, all with a major offender specification and all of which are first degree felonies.

Wilson is charged with having weapons while disabled, a third degree felony.

Fox and Wilson both appeared for a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Hamilton City Court, Fox News reports. Their arraignment will take place at 8 a.m. on November 9.

“We will continue to take these deadly drugs off the streets and put drug dealers behind bars, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said in a statement Tuesday.

“Deliberate attempt by cartels to make illicit drug use more attractive”

Republican lawmakers and pundits have repeatedly raised concerns about the growing number of Mexican cartels importing fentanyl from China and mixing it into counterfeit pills, such as Xanax and Adderall, which are then sold to oblivious Americans.

The latest seizure of deadly drugs in Butler County comes just weeks after the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its law enforcement partners announced they had seized more than 65 kilograms of fentanyl powder and 87,000 tablets containing fentanyl during the period from May 23 to September 8 in Ohio.

That equates to more than 4.7 million lethal doses, officials said.

Nationwide, the DEA seized more than 10.2 million fentanyl pills and approximately 980 pounds of fentanyl powder during the same period.

“Fentanyl in pill form is a deliberate attempt by the drug cartels to make illicit drug use more attractive to Americans,” DEA Special Agent in Charge in Detroit Orville O. Greene said in a statement. press release dated October 11.

“Fake pills are of particular concern because of the allure they can have for an unsuspecting person. The fake prescription pills bought off the street are made in clandestine labs, mostly in Mexico, from chemicals sourced from China, and contain a deadly dose of fentanyl.

If someone accidentally takes fentanyl, the drug Naloxone can reverse the effects of the overdose if given immediately.


Katabella Roberts is a news writer for The Epoch Times, focusing primarily on U.S., global, and business news.

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