El Chapo's son, Sinaloa members face sanctions over fentanyl
The United States has sanctioned a son of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, three members of the Sinaloa cartel and two Mexican-based firms, alleging they trafficked fentanyl and other drugs into the U.S. Tuesday's sanctions came the day Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was talking with President Joe Biden about immigration and the fentanyl crisis.
More sanctions for deadly fentanyl if bill becomes law
Over the course of a year, the U.S. Treasury Department has used the hammer of its sanctions powers to impose wide-ranging financial restrictions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, turning Russia into the most sanctioned country in the world.
White House announces emerging drug threat, animal tranquillizer mixed with fentanyl
For the first time in U.S. history, the White House has declared a drug to be an emerging threat to the United States. The DEA says Xylazine, which is an animal tranquilizer, is being used with the synthetic opioid fentanyl, and the results are deadly.
US Border Protection works to keep fentanyl out of the ‘wrong hands’ as overdoses on the rise
Although fentanyl has become a leading drug for overdoses, it is a legal pharmaceutical drug. It’s a synthetic opioid for severe pain and is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nassau County sheriff: 54 arrests made, hundreds of pounds of drugs seized in ‘Operation: Heavyweights’
A monthslong, multi-agency investigation named “Operation: Heavyweights” has resulted in 54 arrests and the seizure of hundreds of pounds of illegal narcotics, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper announced Tuesday.
Camden County inmate charged in fellow inmate’s OD death
An inmate at the Camden County Detention Facility has been charged with providing the drugs resulting in another inmate’s death by overdose, according to U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine. “It’s particularly disturbing to learn of this poison’s presence as contraband in a detention facility.”The investigation began May 17 when an inmate at the Camden County Detention Facility identified as J.D. The indictment alleges that Swing provided the fentanyl to J.D. The case is being investigated by the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at the request of the Camden County Sheriff’s Office. “The death of any person is a tragedy, but a death caused as a result of illegal narcotic distribution is even more terrible for the families of victims,” Lowndes County Sheriff Ashley Paulk said.
Grand jury indicts Flagler County man in 2019 overdose death
A Flagler County grand jury has indicted Jevante Taquana Hamilton on a first-degree murder charge in the death of a 25-year-old man who died last year from an overdose of Fentanyl. The investigation into the overdose death began Aug. 24, when Flagler County detectives found drug paraphernalia and baggy later determined to contain Fentanyl near the body. The State Attorney’s Office determined there was enough evidence to present the case to the grand jury. Delays in presenting the case to the grand jury were caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic. “This is the second successful investigation of a drug dealer who caused an overdose death being indicted by a grand jury for murder in Flagler County,” Sheriff Rick Staly said.
China sentences fentanyl drug ring in rare public trial
Wikimedia Commons(CNN) - Nine members of a cross-border fentanyl smuggling ring were sentenced at a public hearing in a Chinese courtroom Thursday, a rare display by Beijing of its efforts to crack down on the highly-addictive drug. After three months of investigation, Chinese narcotics authorities busted the drug ring in a series of raids across the country, including in Hebei and Jiangsu provinces. Yu said that after the fentanyl was manufactured in China, it was sent overseas in postal packages. In a statement released in August, the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy claimed that China "continues to pour poison into our communities." He added that since 2012 the US had only shared six leads with Chinese authorities, three of which Yu claimed had led to joint investigations.
Fentanyl deadliest drug in US, but meth kills more in some places
(CNN) - Fentanyl remains the deadliest drug in the United States, but in some areas of the country, methamphetamine kills more people. In 2017, fentanyl was associated with 38.9% of all drug overdose deaths, an increase from 2016, when it was associated with 29% of all fatal overdoses. While fentanyl was the most common drug involved in fatal overdoses nationally, there was a geographic divide, the report said. In 2017, the latest year for which complete data is available, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses. Final data for 2018 hasn't been released, but early figures show overdose deaths involving meth have increased.
San Francisco inmates, deputies hospitalized after narcotic exposure
Copyright 2019 CNNSAN FRANCISCO - Five inmates and eight deputies from a San Francisco County jail were taken to the hospital after exposure to a narcotic -- possibly fentanyl, authorities said. The San Francisco Fire Department responded Tuesday evening to a call from sheriff's deputies who found an unresponsive inmate at County Jail #4 at the Hall of Justice. The inmate, along with four others who showed symptoms, were given Narcan and transported to a local hospital, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Eight deputies who administered CPR on scene were also exposed to the narcotic and taken to local hospitals. The fire department has cleared the affected area but it still needs to be decontaminated, authorities said.
19 prison staffers treated for potential drug exposure after deaths of inmates
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is the lead agency investigating the deaths of the inmates and the department's Office of Inspector General is assisting. Visitation was canceled Sunday at Columbia Correctional Institution. The overdoses occurred in the annex portion of the Columbia Correctional Institution, which is a separate building from the main one. According to the FDOC, 20 people have died in the Columbia Correctional Institution Annex since 2014. Columbia Correctional Institution has seen a host of problems over the years.
6 prison staffers hospitalized for possible fentanyl exposure
Wikimedia Commons(CNN) - Six staff members at a prison in Connecticut were taken to local hospitals for possible exposure to fentanyl, the potent synthetic opioid, the Connecticut Department of Correction said. An ambulance was called to the Cheshire Correctional Institute, a state prison, at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to take a correctional officer in medical distress to the hospital, the department said in a statement. The Department of Correction and Connecticut State Police are investigating. The correctional institution has 428 current staffers and emphasizes rewards for deserving inmates, including in educational programming, its website states. That potency means that police, first responders and prison staffers can overdose or suffer health effects after even a minor encounter with the drug.
Drug deaths down in first half of 2018
The report contains the latest available data from the state and distinguishes between opioid-related deaths and opioid-caused deaths. Both opioid-related deaths and opioid-caused deaths are down, the report shows. There were 2,773 opioid-related deaths in the first half of 2018, a 10 percent decrease from the same time the prior year. Fentanyl caused 1,101 deaths in Florida during the first half of 2018 -- more than any other drug -- followed by cocaine, which caused 844 deaths, and benzodiazepines, which killed 559 people, according to the report. That figure includes deaths that were caused by drugs and deaths where drugs were found.
Murder charge in fentanyl death 1st for Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A grand jury indicted a man on a charge of first-degree murder Thursday in the death of a man from a fentanyl overdose -- the first murder indictment in the Fourth Judicial Circuit using a law passed last year by the Florida Legislature. After Thursday's indictment, Wadley was rebooked on one count of murder in the August 2018 death of Timothy Sexton. Law enforcement and lawmakers hope a murder charge will deter drug dealers. While the Wadley first-degree murder charge is breaking new ground for state prosecutors, it's not the first time authorities have pursued drug dealers for murder through the drugs they sold. The State Attorneys Office charged him initially with murder, but that charge was dropped when his case was moved to federal court.