However, shortly after the purchase, the family realized that their favorable purchase hides a hidden secret.
“Parents bought a doll at a retail store in El Mirage for their daughter and found a bag with over 5,000 pills believed to be fentanyl,” Phoenix police said in a tweet on Sunday.
After calling the police, the worried parents handed the drugs over to the police. It is stated that the investigation is ongoing.
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful opioid on a synthetic prescription, which is most often used as a painkiller.
Over the past decade, the drug has spread to the United States and is often mixed with heroin and other street opioids to increase the drug’s potency, leading to deadly consequences.
Fentanyl is believed to be up to 100 times stronger than street heroin, and some variants like Carfentanil are thought to be 10,000 times stronger.
The power of the drug makes it not only a lucrative alternative for those involved in drug trafficking, but also almost impossible for a street user to assess its power.
10,000 doses can be produced from a kilogram of heroin; from a kilogram of fentanyl, analysts estimate, 500,000 will be produced.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two-thirds of the nearly 47,000 opioid-related deaths in the U.S. in 2018 were caused by powerful synthetic opioids – primarily fentanyl and the like.
Many experts warn that use continued to grow only during the COVID-19 pandemic as millions of Americans struggled with opioid abuse and addiction.
As authorities try to crack down on illegal trafficking, drug traffickers and users are forced to find more creative ways to cover up smuggling. In October 2019, the police seized methamphetamine worth more than 200 million dollars after it was delivered from Austria to Australia, the USA, hidden in bottles of sauce.
The consignment, which was declared to contain hot sauce, was inspected by Australian Border Guard (ABF) officials.
Authorities determined that the shipment contained 768 bottles of sauce, and tests showed that the bottles contained methylamphetamine, a drug colloquially known in Australia as “ice”.
Police said that a preliminary forensic analysis determined that the bottles contained about 400 kilograms of drugs, with an estimate of the potential street value of about 200 million dollars.
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