In Perris, California, two people have been officially charged with drug-related felonies after police officials captured more than enough opioids to kill over 50 million people in what the police believe is the biggest seizure of a drug known as carfentanil in the history of Riverside County.
In a published press release from the office of the District Attorney this past week about the bust, police officials managed to secure just over 21 kilos of what is thought to be carfentanil, which is an opioid that is far more potent than fentanyl. The Da’s office put out a statement that explains just how potent each of the opioids is:
Carfentanil is an analog of the manmade opioid fentanyl. It is highly regulated and not intended or approved for use on humans. And it is more potent and potentially much more deadly than fentanyl.
Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. It only takes about two milligrams of fentanyl to be a fatal amount.
Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than fentanyl and 10,000 times more potent than morphine. A lethal dose of carfentanil in humans would be at the nanogram level – much smaller than the two milligrams of fentanyl that can kill.
As explained by the DA, the mixing of the captured carfentanil from this past week with other drugs has the potential to kill well over 50 million people.
Alyssa Christine Ponce, aged 27, and Andres Jesus Morales, aged 30, were taken into custody and charged with “four felonies for possession for sales of fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin.”
The DA stated that since the start of 2021, “Riverside police detectives in the department’s Narcotics Unit have been investigating a suspected drug trafficking organization believed to be supplying fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin in Riverside County.”
The search warrants used were served back on August 17th at a home where authorities would seize 21 kilos of carfentanil, four kilos of cocaine, and one kilo of heroin. At the time, there was no one at the home, but detectives were later able to identify Ponce and Morales as the prime suspects. On September 14th, however, another search warrant was served at a different home and they managed to capture yet another 16 kilos of cocaine from a hiding spot in the garage. Ponce and Morales were then arrested.
The opioid crisis striking America continues even though it has not been the focus of the media as it was quite a few years ago.