Tuesday’s announcement by the DEA stated that a task force team had arrested a New Jersey woman who was selling approximately 15,000 rainbow fentanyl tablets hidden in Lego boxes in Manhattan. This “significant seizure of multi-colored pills” was noted by the drug agency as the biggest in New York City’s recent history.
At 7:10 p.m. on September 28, task force members, consisting of officers from the NYPD and the New York City DEA office, were watching a woman as she tried to get into a Hudson Yards rental car. The woman was carrying a large, black bag that had been wrapped around an object.
Officers stopped the car and found the woman sitting in the back with two bags of black fabric and a Lego box inside. After further investigation, authorities discovered that the box contained 15,000 color pills wrapped in black tape.
Latesha Bush (48), a New Jersey resident was taken into custody on the spot and charged with criminal possession and distribution of controlled substances in the first and second degrees. It is believed that she drove the vehicle rental from the Garden State before being arrested.
The DEA stated that preliminary testing on the multicolored pills had “indicated the existence of fentanyl” as they believed the narcotics were being trafficked from Mexico. To resemble Oxycodone Hydrochloride 30mg pills, the drug agency noted that the pills had been imprinted with “M”, and “30”.
According to the New York Post, Frank Tarentino, a DEA Special Agent, stated Tuesday that “Fentanyl was the most serious threat to our public security and public health.” It is poison. It’s a nightmare for parents, especially with Halloween approaching.
Rainbow fentanyl was busted as the DEA raises alarm about Mexican drug cartels targeting children using deceptive tactics to get them addicted to opioids young.
Bridget G. Brennan, New York City’s special narcotics prosecutor, stated that “using happy colors to make deadly drugs seem harmless and fun is a new low,” “Fentanyl has been involved in over 80% of the city’s overdose deaths.”
Breitbart News reported last week that two Maryland men were arrested in Connecticut for trafficking 15,000 rainbow Fentanyl pills concealed in Skittles and Nerds packaging.
Recently, the DEA announced the results from the third phase in its “One Pill Can Kill” campaign. They “and its law enforcement partner seized more than 10.2 millions fentanyl tablets and approximately 980 pounds fentanyl powder between May 23 and Sept. 8, 2022.”
The drug agency says:
The investigation of 390 cases uncovered that 51 were linked to overdose poisonings, while 35 cases directly link to either or both of the main Mexican cartels that supplied the majority of fentanyl to the United States: the Sinaloa Cartel or the Jalisco Next Generation Cartel (CJNG). Additionally, 129 investigations were linked to social media platforms like Snapchat, Facebook Messenger and Instagram.
Over 107,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2021. Nearly 80,000 of these deaths were linked to opioids, such as fentanyl.