With the growing opioid epidemic spreading across the nation, few states have been affected more deeply than Ohio. During the week of Oct. 21, a massive drug trafficking bust occurred in Southwest Dayton Ohio. During a police raid last week, several law enforcement agencies recovered over 40 pounds of fentanyl, an addictive synthetic opioid. Homeland Security Investigations special agent, Vance Callendar stated that “Twenty-kilograms (44 pounds) of fentanyl is enough to kill the entire population of Ohio, many times over.”
In addition, 1,500 grams of methamphetamine, 500 grams of heroin and over $30,000 in cash were recovered by authorities.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office, three suspects were arrested and now face charges of possession of firearms and drugs with intent to circulate 400 grams or more of fentanyl. These suspects were Anthony Franklin, 30; Shamer Davis, 31 and Grady Jackson, 37.
Authorities were relieved yet quite alarmed upon the retrieval of these illegal drugs. Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck stated on Facebook “These illegal drugs ruin lives, destroy families, fuel violence, drive up property crime and wreck neighborhoods.”
FBI agent of Cincinnati, Joseph M Deter, stated in an interview with USA Today: “This multi-million-dollar fentanyl seizure clearly shows the enormity of the opioid problem in this area. Law enforcement will continue to work aggressively to address the illegal drug supply, but there is also a continuing need to address demand as well.”
Samuel J. Claude