Police in Southern California have recovered more than 1,000 pounds of various drugs, including meth, cocaine and fentanyl pills. According to officials, this is “the largest drug recovery in Orange County in 16 years.”
The district attorney’s office said prosecutors had filed federal charges against 36-year-old Edgar Alfonso Lamas and 53-year-old Carlos Raigozaparades. Apparently, Buena Park officials have recovered enough fentanyl “to kill 4.6 million people.”
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in Wednesday’s release that “millions of unbelievers are staring at their shoulders and have no idea how close they are to actually dying from taking a single pill.”
How much medicine?
On March 17, 2022, authorities seized “821 pounds of meth, 189.7 pounds of cocaine and 20.5 pounds of fentanyl pills.” Police made the historic discovery after dragging Edgar and Carlos out of a house in Buena Park. The men were driving a minivan that contained drugs.
The DA’s press release states that fentanyl is as deadly as 2 milligrams. When converted, 20.5 pounds of fentanyl pills total 9,298,644 mg were recovered. DA Todd reveals that millions of unbelievers are unaware of the imminence of their death “from taking a pill”.
“Fentanyl is cheap, it’s easy to find and it’s killing our children, our colleagues and thousands of innocent Americans who don’t have to die,” said DA Todd. “Drug dealers don’t care about you or your loved ones – they only care about their bottom line and making as much money as possible.”
Charges and possible jail time
Both men face serious charges for the drugs they discovered. Edgar and Carlos’ allegations include six criminal counts involving the sale of a controlled substance, the sale or transportation for the sale of a controlled substance, and possession of the sale of a controlled substance. Additionally, both men are experiencing four criminal increases due to drug dosage and weight.
If prosecutors convicted Edgar and Carlos on all charges, the men could face up to 37 years and four months in prison. Despite the heinous discovery, Edgar and Carlos are not guilty of all charges, but are in police custody. Their bail is five lakh dollars.
In November 2021, DA Todd announced that drug dealers or distributors could face murder charges if their illegal activity led to someone’s death.
“Approximately 40 percent of street medications contain fentanyl, it doesn’t matter when someone you know or loved dies from fentanyl,” said DA Todd. “We must continue to do our best to tackle this deadly drug epidemic and save lives.”
Officials have set a preliminary hearing for June 7. This is a developing story.
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