NEWYORK – Thousands of potentially deadly pills were seized in Midtown last week in the city’s biggest rainbow fentanyl drug sale.
Officials say 15,000 fentanyl pills have now been sold on the street.
“This is intentional. This is a dangerous deception to market rainbow fentanyl as candy. This is every parent’s worst nightmare, especially in October as Halloween approaches.” DEA agent in charge Frank Tarentino III said.
Caught in a fight, federal drug agents say they all came from one woman – Latesha Bush, 48, of Trenton, New Jersey.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Tarentino said.
Officials say Bush had driven into the city and was racing down 10th Avenue near the Lincoln Tunnel.
The New York Drug Enforcement Task Force was able to peer through the innocent-looking Lego boxes in her car to discover the packages of drugs hidden inside.
This is the largest seizure to date in New York City, according to officials.
Since many of these rainbow fentanyl pills are being seized on a daily basis, there is reason to be concerned.
“In the city, the number of drug overdose deaths is at a record high, and 80 percent of them are related,” said Bridget G. Brennan, New York City special counsel for drugs. to fentanyl.
Just one candy-colored pill can be deadly.
Family medicine doctor, Dr. Mikhail Varshavski said: “These drugs are extremely powerful.
Sharon Richmond lost her son Vincent to a drug overdose in 2017.
“He tried to detox himself. He couldn’t,” she said.
She said the 25-year-old was struggling with addiction when he accidentally took cocaine laced with fentanyl. She has now raised awareness and is pushing drug traffickers to face harsher punishments.
“They weren’t scared, and I think the consequence that has to be is that if they knew that a child, a young man, anyone would take these pills, they would most likely die because it was laced with fentanyl. , and I think they should be charged as a murderer,” said Richmond.
Bush was charged with possession of a controlled substance.