Colorado State Patrol seizes enough fentanyl to kill 25 million people

Colorado State Patrol officers seized 114 pounds of pure fentanyl on a freeway on June 6.

A Colorado State Patrol official told Fox News that the agency stopped a car traveling on Interstate 70 near Georgetown toward Denver when they made the discovery.

The 114 pounds of pure fentanyl powder were found under the passenger and driver’s seats, accessed through a trap door, and contained in 48 one-pound bricks.

The Colorado Gazette first reported the discovery.

The spokesman told Fox News that the agency believes it is the largest seizure of pure fentanyl powder on a US highway.

Colorado State Patrol Smuggling, Trafficking and Interdiction Unit Captain Bill Barkley said the agency is not releasing the driver’s identity due to possible retaliation from Mexican cartels and did not specify why the car was pulled over.

“They don’t care about anything other than making money,” Barkley said.

Barkley said his investigation into the drugs was being conducted in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

He said the drugs continue to pour into the United States and Colorado, explaining that the cartels are “engineering” the trap chambers.

“It’s an ongoing game of cat and mouse between law enforcement and cartels. They actually hire people to engineer trap compartments,” Barkley said. “Whether it’s on I-70 or I-25 or not, or back roads coming into our state, I’d wager any hour of any day there’s something there.”

DEA figures say that one kilogram of fentanyl can kill up to 500,000 people. According to these figures, the June 6 attack had the potential to kill over 25 million people.

From January through May, over 2 million doses of fentanyl units were seized by Colorado authorities, surpassing last year’s total.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report. Colorado State Patrol seizes enough fentanyl to kill 25 million people


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