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FedsTexas trio plotted to mail $1 million in fentanyl drugs from Ohio

March 25, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
FedsTexas trio plotted to mail $1 million in fentanyl drugs from Ohio Leeft to Right: Anthony Robinson, 32, Darrius Lewis, 29, and Barbara Wilson, 21,

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Federal authorities say three suspects from the Houston area were taken into custody in Ohio last week after a probe revealed evidence that they attempted to mail a large amount of fentanyl back to Texas.

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman of the Northern District of Ohio claimed that the amount of fentanyl confiscated was enough “to kill everyone in Toledo several times over.”

One kilo of the drug was seized at a post office in Toledo, and another half-kilo and $8,500 were recovered in a motel room where the three were staying.

The drugs had an approximate street value of $1 million, authorities said.

Fentanyl is “a dangerous synthetic opioid with deadly consequences for users and law enforcement,” Steve Francis, the special agent in charge of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement homeland security office in Detroit, said.

The investigation was launched on Monday after police determined that three “suspicious” people had checked in to two rooms at a Red Roof Inn in Toledo, according to the Toledo Blade.

On Monday and Tuesday, authorities tracked three individuals – identified as Darrius Lonzo Lewis, 29; Anthony Ray Robinson, 32; and Barbara Nykitta Wilson, 21 – going in and out of the rooms.

Police said they watched Robinson and Wilson travel in separate vehicles to a post office on Tuesday.

Leeft to Right: Anthony Robinson, 32, Darrius Lewis, 29, and Barbara Wilson, 21,

Robinson went into the post office with a package, while Wilson returned a rental car before returning to the hotel in Robinson’s car.

After securing a search warrant, authorities seized the drugs and money and arrested the suspects.

Further investigation led authorities to the post office, where police said they discovered a package containing additional fentanyl.

When detectives questioned the three suspects, Robinson and Wilson said they were half-siblings who had gone to Texas for a wedding, according to Robinson, and for a proposal dinner, according to Wilson. Lewis said he had traveled to Ohio from Houston.

The three were being held at the Lucas County Jail in Ohio.

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