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Drug bust: Police seize nearly 2 kg fentanyl from Anaheim gas station

Published On: 04-21-2016 in Category: Drug Abuse


The Huntington Beach Police detectives recovered 1,753 grams of a substance with acetyl fentanyl from a Lexus at an Anaheim Hills gas station in April 2016. When the detectives made the late night stop at the gas station, they also found the pockets of the Lexus driver filled with other drugs like Xanax and Ecstasy.

According to court records, Timothy Werley, who was caught with the illegal drugs at the gas station, revealed the nicknames of his suppliers – Manuel and Kid. He said that the duo sold such drugs to him every couple of days at several locations that range from Huntington Beach to Baldwin Park.

The convict also mentioned that he paid $4,000 for 5,000 pills and would further sell a minimum of 1,000 pills with a profit of about $2,000. Federal prosecutors revealed that Manuel was actually Joseph Stanley (30) from Huntington Beach and Kid was Dylan Simpson (25) from Fountain Valley.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) stated that both the men were assisting a drug ring that got supplies from China and shipped them to different parts of California. On raiding one such warehouse in Long Beach, the officials recovered 30,948 tablets of acetyl fentanyl. When the DEA had searched the home of one of them in June last year, they had seized 13 kg of the deadly narcotic. However, in March 2015, both were charged with illegal possession and distribution of fentanyl.

How deadly is fentanyl?

Fentanyl, one of the most powerful painkillers, is available for medical use since the 1960s. But it took only a decade for drug traffickers to realize its potency of creating a euphoric high. They started replicating it by creating chemical variants like acetyl fentanyl that is 50 times more potent than heroin. The DEA said that the most dangerous thing about fentanyl is that it can be easily mixed with other drugs such as cocaine and heroin, making it life threatening. An increased use of this mix or acetyl fentanyl can prove fatal.

An overdose of fentanyl can stop the lungs within two to three minutes of injection or inhalation. Some abusers are even unaware that they are taking fentanyl as it is sometimes mixed with other drugs. At times, it is sold under a different name, Norco, a pharmaceutical version of hydrocodone and acetaminophen.

The drug has already created a furor in Virginia and Sacramento with four and 10 deaths each in the recent weeks. The DEA has already issued an alert regarding the rising fentanyl abuse that is triggering overdose and deaths.

Finding such a huge amount of acetyl fentanyl in Anaheim is an indication of the prevalence of the fatal drug in the city. This shows that the drug is also gaining momentum among people who abuse drugs in Anaheim.

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, there were 5,554 fatalities involving fentanyl in the U.S. in 2014, a 79 percent increase over 2013.

Way to a drug-free life

Abusing drugs in any form, whether legal or illegal, will have detrimental effects on both physical and mental health of an individual. People addicted to such drugs should seek medical treatment immediately. If you or your loved ones are struggling with drug abuse, the Anaheim Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can provide you the most effective drug treatments suiting your needs. Chat online with a representative or call our 24/7 helpline at 714-589-2811 to know more about the recovery process and plans.

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