Ohio police busted five men with alleged ties to drug cartels and seized enough illicit fentanyl to kill “3 or 4 million” people, with a street value of nearly $4 million, authorities said.
The bust netted nearly 20 pounds of fentanyl, $150,000 in cash and more than 100 pounds of marijuana near Dayton, Ohio, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told reporters at a press conference Monday.
“What you’re looking at here is enough fentanyl to kill every man, woman and child in the Miami Valley,” DeWine said. “In fact, even beyond the Miami Valley. I think this is enough to kill 3 [million] or 4 million in the state of Ohio.”
Officers with the task force, which included several state and local law enforcement agencies, found some of the haul in the dashboard of a car, while still more was found inside a home, according to the Springfield News-Sun.
Police found the stash after raiding the drug operation in Clark County, located between Dayton and Columbus, on Monday night, where they swept up the drugs and cash and slapped handcuffs on Omar Alejandro Cantu-Garcia, 28, David Guillermo Cantu-Garcia, 30, Pedro Medina, 40, all of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and Aguilar Reyes-Espinosa, 43, of New Carlisle, Ohio, according to the News-Sun.
“This ain’t a good place to do business,” Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said at a press conference.
Like other areas of the country struggling under a tidal wave of opioid overdoses, western Ohio has seen a catastrophic number of fatal overdoses in recent years, as drug distributors mix illicit fentanyl and other powerful synthetic opioids into heroin.
Clark County saw 103 fatal drug overdoses in 2017, an average of about one every three and a half days, according to the Springfield News-Sun. The deaths set a record for 2017, the third time in as many years for a county with a total population of about 138,000 people.
[Photo: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office]