DEA said Tuesday that a task force team busted a New Jersey lady who was selling approximately 15,000 rainbow fentanyl tablets stuffed in Lego boxes in Manhattan. This “significant seizure of multi-colored pills” was noted by the drug agency as the biggest in New York City’s recent history.
At 7:10 p.m. on September 28, task force members, consisting of officers from the New York City DEA office and NYPD, were watching a woman as she attempted to rent a car in the Hudson Yards area. She was noted to be carrying a large black tote bag wrapped around an object.https://53143f1a31d00c6842c50fc8f12692ee.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
Officers stopped the car and found the woman sitting in the back with two bags of black fabric and a Lego box inside. After further investigation, authorities discovered that the box contained 15,000 color pills wrapped in black tape.
Latesha Bush (48), a New Jersey resident was taken into custody on the spot and charged with criminal possession and distribution of controlled substances in the first and second degrees. It is believed that she drove the vehicle rental from the Garden State before being arrested.
The DEA stated that preliminary testing on the multicolored pills had “indicated the existence of fentanyl” as they believed that the narcotics were being trafficked from Mexico. To resemble Oxycodone Hydrochloride 30mg pills, the drug agency noted that the pills had been imprinted with “M”, and “30”.
“Fentanyl represents the greatest threat to our public safety and public health,” DEA Special Agent Frank Tarentino stated Tuesday about Bush’s arrest, according to the New York Post. It is poison. It’s a nightmare for parents, especially with Halloween approaching.
As the DEA raises the alarm about Mexican drug cartels targeting children using deceitful tactics to get them addicted to opioids, the rainbow fentanyl bust is a result.
Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s special narcotics prosecutor, stated that “using happy colors to make deadly drugs seem fun and innocent is a new low,”. “Fentanyl has been involved in over 80% of the city’s overdose deaths.”
Breitbart News reported last week that two men from Maryland were arrested in Connecticut for trafficking 15,000 rainbow Fentanyl pills concealed in Skittles or Nerds packaging.
The DEA recently released the results from the third phase in its “One Pill Can Kill” campaign. They “and its law enforcement partner seized more than 10.2 millions fentanyl tablets and approximately 980 pounds fentanyl powder between May 23 and Sept. 8, 2022.”
The drug agency says:
The investigation of 390 cases uncovered that 51 were linked to overdose poisonings, while 35 cases directly link to either or both of the main Mexican cartels responsible in the distribution of most fentanyl in America – the Sinaloa Cartel or the Jalisco Next Generation Cartel (CJNG). Additionally, 129 investigations were linked to social media platforms like Snapchat, Facebook Messenger and Instagram.
Over 107,000 Americans died in 2021 from a drug overdose. Around 80,000 of those deaths were linked to opioids, such as fentanyl.