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Feds seize massive haul of Fentanyl in San Diego

June 21, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds seize massive haul of Fentanyl in San Diego Image courtesy of the DEA

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Federal officials in San Diego said that they had seized one of the largest hauls of the potent synthetic opiate Fentanyl in the U.S.

On Monday, an indictment that was unsealed indicated that drug agents confiscated more than 97 pounds of the drug, a majority of it from a residence in San Diego.

A statement issued by the U.S. attorney’s says the drug is so strong that the amount seized represents millions of deadly doses, Fox5 San Diego reported.

Drug traffickers use it to strengthen heroin or produce counterfeit painkillers.

Fentanyl is so potent, just 3 milligrams is enough to kill an adult male – so the almost 100-pound seizure represents more than 14 million lethal doses (file photo)

Three individuals, Jonathan Ibarra, 45, Hector Fernando Garcia, 46, and Anna Baker, 30, were charged with possession with intent to distribute.

Court documents indicated that the defendants talked about having Baker smuggle the drugs on three separate occasions.

In November, agents pulled over Baker’s vehicle and discovered 33 pounds of Fentanyl, then found 66 additional pounds of the drug during a search of her residence.

The drug has been overtaking cities throughout the U.S. mainly due to trafficking by Mexican drug cartels.

Authorities have stated that drug cartels manufacture the drug in labs using chemicals from China.

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