Two men were arrested in Southern California with enough fentanyl to kill 4.7 million people. The men who were arrested were also storing 800 pounds of methamphetamine.
Edgar Alfonso Lamas and Carlos Raygozaparedes were caught in Orange County, California, in the largest drug bust in the state in two decades. The drugs were found at a Buena Park home on March 17. There were 821 pounds of methamphetamine, 190 pounds of cocaine, and over 20 pounds of fentanyl pills.
Orange County District Attorney stated:
“Millions of unsuspecting people have the grim reaper looking over their shoulder and they have no idea how close they actually are to dying from taking a single pill. Fentanyl is cheap, it’s easy to get and it is killing our children, our coworkers, and tens of thousands of innocent Americans who don’t have to die.”
Both of the men pleaded not guilty. They are in custody with a $5 million bail. The hearing is set for June 7. They both face up to 37 years in prison if convicted.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration released a notice this week warning federal and state agencies that Fentanyl is the cause of the national spike in overdoses. Many doses of fentanyl are falsely being sold as cocaine or as fake prescription pills.
The District Attorney said, “With fentanyl in an estimated 40 percent of street drugs, it’s not a matter of if but when someone you know and love dies from fentanyl. We have to continue to do everything we can to combat this deadly drug epidemic and save lives.”