With drug arrests, most people might automatically think of street drugs like marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. Prescription drugs are a growing problem that can lead to serious consequences as well. A relatively new drug that is regarded as increasingly dangerous and deadly is fentanyl. Those who are dealing with charges related to fentanyl should be cognizant of how prosecutors and law enforcement officials are taking this drug seriously and pursuing those accused of distributing and selling it. For example, two men were recently arrested on the Pennsylvania Turnpike with massive amounts of fentanyl allegedly in their possession.
According to law enforcement officials, the arrest involved people who were allegedly involved in a large fentanyl operation from the Dominican Republic. The men, ages 41 and 40 and from New York, were stopped at around 8 a.m. They were in a 2019 Dodge Durango. The initial reason for the stop was that the vehicle did not move to the side for an emergency vehicle. The men allowed troopers to conduct a vehicle search and the fentanyl was reportedly found. It was allegedly in a bag hidden in a secret location behind the radio. It is believed that the amount found - three pounds, sixounces - is the most ever found in the area.
People are overdosing at a troubling rate because of fentanyl. It is more powerful than heroin and there has been an exponential rise in people overdosing in various areas of Pennsylvania. Because of this problem, the authorities are actively pursuing those alleged to be involved in importing and selling the drug.
Despite its danger and the ongoing drug problem in the state, people who have been charged with drug crimes must remember their rights to a legal defense. when facing drug charges is vital.