Largest Fentanyl Seizure in NYC History
Largest Fentanyl Seizure in NYC History
Authorities keep finding more fentanyl, and yet the border remains wide open for cartels. This desperately needs prayer. Additionally, note where the stash was kept. We must be vigilant in praying for protection and deliverance for the nation’s children.
From The Christian Post. A New Jersey woman was arrested after New York authorities discovered she had 15,000 rainbow-colored fentanyl pills inside a Lego box, with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency calling it the largest fentanyl seizure to date in New York City.
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According to a Tuesday DEA news release, the 48-year-old suspect, Latesha Bush, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Friday. A criminal complaint filed by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor (SNP) charges Bush with one count of first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Bush’s bail is set at $25,000 and $150,000 insurance company bond, and a $100,000 partially secured surety bond, the DEA said.
New York police officers investigating suspected narcotics trafficking reportedly observed the middle-aged woman enter a vehicle in Manhattan with a large black tote bag. The officers stopped the vehicle and found two black tote bags and a Lego container in the back seat with several brick-shaped packages inside.
One of the packages was partially opened, revealing the rainbow-colored fentanyl pills, with the other packages containing the same. Preliminary testing revealed that approximately 15,000 pills, imprinted with “M” and “30” to resemble Oxycodone pills, contained fentanyl.
“Disguising fentanyl as candy — and concealing it in children’s toys — will never hide the fact that fentanyl is a deadly poison that harms our communities, our families, and our city,” Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said in the news release.
“The criminal complaint unsealed today is another example of the NYPD’s relentless commitment to never stop working to rid New York City of illegal drugs and I want to thank the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the city of New York, the DEA New York Division, the New York State Police, and everyone else involved in this case for their exceptional work.”
A subsequent investigation uncovered that Bush had traveled from New Jersey to Manhattan in a rental car and that the pills originated from Mexico. Investigators have noticed a connection between the case and tactics used by two Mexican drug cartels.
The Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco New Generation Cartel are reportedly coloring fentanyl to disguise it as candy or other prescription drugs and to brand their products, the DEA added.
Last week, the DEA announced the results of its One Pill Can Kill initiative, which led to the seizure of more than 10.2 million fentanyl pills and approximately 980 pounds of fentanyl powder from May 23 through Sept. 8. Out of the 390 cases investigated, 51 were linked to overdose poisonings, and 35 were connected to one or both of the Mexican cartels.
New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan called efforts to disguise fentanyl to make it appear “fun” and “harmless” a “new low, even for Mexican cartels.” The prosecutor noted that fentanyl is responsible for more than 80% of overdose deaths in the city.
“If you take any drug sold on the street or through the internet, regardless of its medicinal markings or festive appearance, you risk your life,” Brennan said.
“My office and our partners are committed to intercepting lethal fentanyl and ensuring that these rainbow-colored pills don’t lead more people down a sad path of substance use and overdose death.”
Last month, the DEA issued a warning about rainbow fentanyl, alerting parents that drug traffickers have started coloring it to resemble candy to appeal to children. The agency stated that drug cartels are using this method to sell the highly addictive drug to young people.
“Rainbow fentanyl — fentanyl pills and powder that come in a variety of bright colors, shapes and sizes — is a deliberate effort by drug traffickers to drive addiction amongst kids and young adults,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said.
“The men and women of the DEA are relentlessly working to stop the trafficking of rainbow fentanyl and defeat the Mexican drug cartels that are responsible for the vast majority of the fentanyl that is being trafficked in the United States.”
A study published in April by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and analyzed by Science Daily found the rate of overdose deaths among U.S. teenagers doubled in 2020 and rose another 20% in the first half of 2021.
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(Used with permission. By Samantha Kamman from The Christian Post. Photo Credit: Canva)
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It doesn’t make any sense allowing this deadly drug across the southern border freely, along with countless illegal aliens that bring crime to kill off the people in this country. It’s insane spiritual war-ware! We are truly living the days of darkness in the book of Revelation in the Bible! Only Jesus can save this country that’s defeating itself!!
jesus keep protecting law enforcement,and empower them to do a great job,I pray for all this poison to be seized,and destroyed,in Jesus name,amen.
Our Faith needs to be anchored in the word of God, we must have it anchored in the cross. The cross makes it possible to deal with man, and for man to deal with God. Romans – 1-2 I believe dedicated prayer brings us closer to our Father and I believe America’s borders will be closed and all of these Mexican Cartels will be held accountable. We declare that the blood of Jesus covers and protects our nation, It covers us and separates us for God.
Keep on keeping on. Deliver us from evil Lord Jesus.
Thank You they were able to get these drugs before they were sold in the streets.
Forgive us God for our drug addiction in America. We know many people do this to kill their pain. We ask that You would save, deliver & heal.
Protect our children & young people. Please God stop this crime in our nation & the nations of the earth.
We thank You for hearing our prayer! In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
We 🙏 nightly for the Lord of Hosts to reinforce the Border with His Angelic hosts.
We 🙏 for anielating of all trafficking and for heads of the Cartels to be saved.
I pray your all loving protection over all children in our country regarding this deadly drug. Thank you for the DEA, the Narcotics Division, and all who are working hard to keep New York and our country safe. I do pray that our border would be secured in Jesus’ name.
I also pray for discernment for the parents regarding the halloweenseason, rather than letting their children go out halloweening.