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Authorities seize $6.8M in synthetic heroin in Fresno County, California

May 22, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities seize $6.8M in synthetic heroin in Fresno County, California

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The County Sheriff’s Office in Fresno, California said the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area unit (HIDTA) arrested Eduardo Zavala Lopez after he was found with 4.4 pounds of synthetic heroin.

The Sheriff’s Office indicated that 4.4 pounds of the drugs including Despropionyl, Fentanyl, and Ketamine, which could be split up to 100 times, with an estimated street value of $6.8 million.

Undercover officers arranged to buy two kilos of the synthetic heroin.

As the 26-year-old Lopez was driving from Los Angeles to Fresno, he was pulled over on Highway 99 in Fresno County.

Agents wearing HAZMAT suits as they removed the drugs from a secret compartment in Lopez’ car.

Because agents were not sure what was in the “synthetic heroin,” they put on HAZMAT suits and removed the drugs from a concealed compartment in Lopez’ vehicle, ABC30 reported.

Police said the drugs were then sent to the Department of Justice lab for testing. They were determined to be a mixture of Despropionyl, Fentanyl, and Ketamine.

The man is facing several charges of possessing and transporting drug for sale. His bail has been established at $235,000.

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