The Drug Enforcement Administration announced this week that officials found thousands of rainbow-colored fentanyl pills hidden inside Lego boxes. A nighttime bust in Manhattan last week led to the arrest of a New Jersey woman.
“Rainbow fentanyl is a clear and present threat, and it is here in New York City,” said DEA Special Charge Officer Frank Tarantino in a press release.
Officials called it the biggest seizure ever in New York City and said the drugs were meant for wide distribution. Federal agents working in Mexico to crack down on violent drug cartels believed to be smuggling drugs into the US
First reported in February,In at least 21 states, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said last month. While fentanyl is still commonly disguised as oxycodone or another prescription drug, officials say rainbow pills are on the rise.
NYPD commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said in a statement, “Disguising fentanyl as candy – and hiding it in children’s toys – will never hide the fact that fentanyl is a deadly poison that harms our communities, our families and our city. ”
Investigators said they saw the suspect, 48-year-old Latisha Bush, carrying a black tote bag wrapped around a large object while entering a vehicle.
After stopping the vehicle, law enforcement reportedly found two black tote bags and a yellow Lego container along with several brick-sized packages covered with black tape next to the building blocks. The black tape covering one of the packages was partially opened, showing the colored pills inside.
According to the DEA, there were approximately 15,000 pills, and preliminary testing showed the presence of fentanyl. Fentanyl is a lab-made opioid drug that may be 50 timesso even a small amount can be ,
Officials noted in the press release that the suspect was produced in Manhattan Criminal Court last Friday and bail was set.
“This operation removed the equivalent of 500,000 lethal doses of fentanyl from circulation in the Empire State alone,” Tarantino said. “In the same reporting period, the DEA seized the equivalent of more than 36 million fatal doses nationally.”
According to federal officials, two Mexican drug cartels are responsible for the majority of fentanyl in the US: the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
“Those cartels are operating in the United States with calculated, deliberate treachery to get fentanyl and get people to buy it through counterfeit pills, by hiding it in other drugs, in any way they can to make the drug addicts.” can take to run and make money,” Milgram
The Justice Department considers the Jalisco Cartel “one of the five most dangerous international criminal organizations in the world”. The leader of the cartel, Nemesio Oseguera.“One of the most sought after by Mexican and American authorities.