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Police, feds nab multi-state fentanyl importer in Maryland

December 18, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Police, feds nab multi-state fentanyl importer in Maryland

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Local and federal law enforcement agencies in Maryland have charged a man with the illegal importation of fentanyl to the Eastern Shore as part of a multi-state drug trafficking probe.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is stronger than heroin and contact with a few grains of the powder can be lethal; it is blamed for a rise in overdose deaths in the state.

According to Fox News Baltimore, Narada Michael Walls, 37, has been charged with three felonies including manufacturing, distributing and possession of controlled substances.

He remains at the Wicomico County Detention Center pending a bond review on December 18th. Beginning in the fall, local, state and federal investigators targeted the distribution of opioids by Walls in several areas.

Walls’ opioid operation was primarily based in and around Salisbury and Wicomico County.

Dealers have been using fentanyl either with or instead of heroin because it is cheaper to produce and purchase.

“You can get a kilo of fentanyl for $3,500 compared to a kilo of heroin, which is running about $60,000,” Lieutenant Jeffrey Kloiber of Maryland State Police said in June while discussing the opioid epidemic. He said fentanyl was being manufactured from China.

Detectives allege that Walls was importing and selling a large number of opioids on a daily basis.

The opioid was later revealed to be fentanyl, which the DEA said was being illegally imported from outside the U.S.

The DEA estimated that this particular batch of fentanyl is up to 15 times more potent than other versions of the drugs.

The most recent overdose death count by health officials in October shows that while prescription drug overdose deaths decreased across Maryland and heroin fatalities are relatively flat in recent months, fentanyl is killing more people than ever.

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