A Bronx resident has been arrested for allegedly possessing enough fentanyl to kill a million people. Reportedly, the illicit drug was hidden with boxes of chili and fish. At first the police thought the drug was cocaine, but lab tests apparently identified it as fentanyl, which is about 50 times more powerful than heroin. The New York Police Department had apparently been watching the accused for a suspected drug crime for some time.
After purportedly spotting a couple boxes in the man’s car, police got a warrant to search the boxes in which were contained coolers made of styrofoam. The coolers not only contained chili and fish, but potential lethal doses of fentanyl. A couple years back, a report from the Department of Health indicated that fentanyl contributed to 47 percent of drug overdoses in New York City.
Police say the 9 pounds of fentanyl seized has an estimated street value of about $10 million. The illegally produced drug is a synthetic opioid. Bail for the accused was set at $150,000 in cash or a $250,000 bond.
Anyone charged with a drug crime would be wise to seek legal counsel to help prepare an aggressive defense. In cases such as this one, an attorney could assess whether the search warrant on the vehicle of the accused was within the letter of the law. A New York attorney would also determine whether the proposed prosecution evidence was properly gathered and catalogued. The lawyer’s focus is always on achieving the best outcome possible given the circumstances. That could mean lessening of any sentence or having the charge thrown out altogether.
Source: abc7ny.com, “NYPD seizes 9 pounds of fentanyl hidden with fish, chili in the Bronx“, Nicholas Augustine, Feb. 8, 2018