Philadelphia Authorities Seize 250,000 Heroin and Fentanyl Doses In Huge Bust
This week Pennsylvania state attorney general Josh Shapiro announced that law enforcement seized 250,000 heroin and fentanyl doses in a major drug bust – a street value of around $2.6 million.
According to Shapiro, Cesar Guzman, 24, and Duagery Sanchez-Rosario, 30, were arrested last Sunday in the Feltonville area of Philadelphia after a month-long investigation.
Shapiro stated the following in a press conference:
“These drug dealers were trafficking an extraordinary amount of heroin, which they were mixing with fentanyl to make it even deadlier. The drugs we seized would have created 250,000 doses of heroin and fentanyl to be sold and used on our city’s streets. That is 250,000 death sentences avoided.”
Authorities also seized a loaded handgun, $6,500 in cash, and other drug paraphernalia.
The suspects have been charged with possession with intent to deliver, dealing in proceeds and criminal conspiracy, and other related offenses. They are currently being held on $1.5 million bail, and a preliminary hearing is set for February 27.
If convicted, they could face between 59-74 years in prison.
About The Epidemic
Fentanyl is a drug similar in effect to heroin but is 50 times more potent. It has been responsible for thousands of overdose deaths nationwide in recent years, and Pennsylvania has been particularly hard it.
Buyers are often unaware that fentanyl has been cut into the heroin they are using. Dealers like to use it because it’s inexpensive to make a little bit goes a long way.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 2016, more than 64,000 Americans died from overdoses related to drugs or alcohol. Of those, 42,000 involved prescription painkillers or illicit opioids such as heroin and fentanyl.
A recent report from the Drug Enforcement Agency concluded that in Pennsylvania alone, more than 4,600 people died due to drug abuse, and “thousands more [were] affected by addiction, either personally, or through family, friends, and loved ones.
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology