Chicago drug bust: More than 440K fentanyl pills seized by Chicago DEA agents in 4 months

Chicago drug bust: More than 440K fentanyl pills seized by Chicago DEA agents in 4 months

CHICAGO (TOC) — New information obtained by the ABC 7 I-Staff reveals that Chicago DEA brokers seized greater than 441,000 fentanyl capsules in 4 months this summer season.

From Might 23 to September 8, 2022, DEA brokers within the Chicago Discipline Division recovered 16 firearms, made 16 arrests, seized 441,464 fentanyl capsules, 7,185 grams of Fentanyl powder and 42,611 grams of meth.

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Brokers made these seizures in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin as a part of a nationwide DEA effort known as “One Tablet Can Kill” that seized greater than 10.2 million fentanyl capsules throughout the nation.

Fentanyl overdoses killed greater than 71,000 folks in 2021, a rising variety of overdose deaths now attributed to fentanyl nationwide.

“Our DEA labs have, by way of their evaluation have proven that about 4 in 10 of the counterfeit capsules that we see is contained probably lethal doses of fentanyl so 40% likelihood {that a} tablet you get on the road or on-line has a lethal dose,” stated Robert Bell, Particular Agent in Cost of the DEA in Chicago.

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These odds of dying have prompted the DEA right here and throughout the nation to focus on illicit fentanyl the previous 12 months. Federal investigators say the hundreds of thousands of deadly doses have been intercepted en route from Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and the New Technology Cartel operated by El Mencho, Chicago’s public enemy primary.

“From Might by way of September of this 12 months, DEA brokers performed 389 investigations, together with 35 cartel-linked investigations in 201 cities,” stated U.S. Lawyer Common Merrick Garland. “Over the course of those investigations, we seized over 10 million faux capsules and 982 kilos of fentanyl powder powder throughout all 50 states. That is sufficient to kill 36 million People.”

One 12 months into the counter-fentanyl push by DEA, authorities have seized cartel medicine, tons of of weapons and even hand grenades.

FULL STATEMENT FROM DEA CHICAGO FIELD DIVISION SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE ROBERT J. BELL:

“Far too many lives have been misplaced throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin from drug overdoses and poisonings involving faux capsules laced with fentanyl,” stated Particular Agent in Cost Robert Bell, DEA Chicago Division. “DEA continues to work alongside its legislation enforcement companions to carry drug cartels and traffickers to justice. On the similar time, we’re persevering with to alert the general public concerning the risks of faux capsules by way of campaigns like One Tablet Can Kill.”

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