Washington County sheriff’s deputies seized more than 150,000 fentanyl pills during a recent drug bust, an alarming sign of the region’s growing opioid crisis.
The bust came as part of a joint investigation between the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The authorities uncovered a huge stash of the illegal synthetic opioid, commonly referred to as “China White”. The pills, which were worth an estimated $3.5 million, were found during a search of a residence in the county.
The pills were packaged for distribution and contained a mixture of fentanyl, a highly potent and dangerous drug, and other substances. Sheriff’s deputies also seized several firearms, including an AK-47, and various drug-related paraphernalia.
The DEA has reported that fentanyl-related overdoses have skyrocketed in recent years, with the substance being increasingly used to produce counterfeit prescription pills and other drugs. The Washington County bust is a stark reminder of the growing threat posed by fentanyl and its derivatives.
The DEA is continuing to investigate the case, with their efforts aided by the Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement. The authorities are determined to reduce the availability of fentanyl in the county and beyond.
“This seizure of fentanyl pills, along with the firearms, is a major victory in the fight against opioids in our county,” said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Stacy Randall. “We are committed to doing all we can to get this dangerous drug off of our streets.”
The sheriff’s office has urged the community to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activities or drug-related activity to the authorities. The best way to combat the opioid crisis is to work together to prevent it from spreading further.