Whoa! Police arrested two men who had enough fentanyl in their possession to kill the entire population of both New York City and New Jersey combined. The population of NYC alone is more than eight million people!
On Friday, 31-year-old Jesus Carillo-Pineda and 28-year-old Daniel Vasquez were sentenced after being captured in the largest bust of fentanyl in New Jersey according to New Jersey Police. Carillo-Pineda was slapped with a ten year sentence, while Vasquez walked away with only a six year sentence.
If you ask me, they both got off easy!
The duo were arrested with two others, and reportedly had almost 100 pounds of the lethal drug, which could have caused more than 18 million deaths! The synthetic opioid is used for pain relief as well as anesthesia when mixed with other substances.
To put this into perspective: fentanyl is about ten times deadlier than heroin. According to Stat News, 30-milligrams of heroin is equivalent to a 3-milligram dose of fentanyl. Both doses are enough to kill a full grown male.
“Many lives were undoubtedly saved as a result of this record-setting fentanyl seizure by the New Jersey State Police,” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal continued, “The 100 pounds of fentanyl trafficked into our state by these drug dealers could have generated enough lethal doses to kill the entire populations of New Jersey and New York City combined.”
The charges against one of the other suspects were dropped this week, according to the attorney general’s office, while another man identified as 38-year-old Omar Zeus Rodriguez remains a fugitive.
Fentanyl is one of the deadliest opioids, with a potency that is 50 times greater than heroin. A dose as small at 2 to 3 milligrams can be fatal, according to police.
The previous state record for a fentanyl bust was 14 kilograms of fentanyl seized in Camden in March.
While I wonder how the heck that much of the drug was physically obtainable, even more importantly, I question what their plans were for it.
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