New York raid recovers enough fentanyl to kill nearly 2 million people

A Westchester drug raid led to the seizure of a massive amount of fentanyl — enough to kill nearly 2 million people.

Five suspects were arrested in the early Friday morning bust in a suburban home in Ardsley, which also led to the halt of the dangerous drug hitting the streets.

“The fentanyl alone has the potency to kill nearly over 2 million people, said New York division DEA Special Agent in charge Ray Donovan. “I commend the men and women in the Task Force and Tactical Diversion Squad for their quick and efficient investigation into this organization and their diligence to the safety of the residents living nearby.”

Five kilograms — about 11 pounds — of the synthetic opioid were seized along with more than 13 pounds of heroin, which has caused caused tens of thousands of fatal American overdoses in recent years, reported ABC News.

The five suspects were Braulio Mata, 31; Jose Garcia, 44; Ramon Aracena Alfe, 47; Dionell Duarte Hernandez, 32; and Yarly Mendoza-Delorbe, 20, according to officials.

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Fentanyl Citrate, a CLASS II Controlled Substance as classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency in the secure area of a local hospital Friday, July10, 2009.

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A seized counterfeit hydrocodone tablets in the investigation of a rash of fentanyl overdoses in northern California is shown in this Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) photo released on April 4, 2016. At least 42 drug overdoses in the past two weeks have been reported in northern California, 10 of them fatal, in what authorities on Monday called the biggest cluster of poisonings linked to the powerful synthetic narcotic fentanyl ever to hit the U.S. West Coast.

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Fentanyl Citrate, a CLASS II Controlled Substance as classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency in the secure area of a local hospital Friday, July10, 2009.

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Dory Bauler's unused Fentanyl patch packets. She is one of millions of patients who used the fentanyl patch, which delivers a powerful narcotic through the skin. The patch, brand name Duragesic, was the subject of a recent FDA alert. Patients are overdosing, sometimes they die. Mrs. Bauler came off the patch when she realized the drug was causing her breathing problems, a sign of serious trouble. This photo was taken at her home in Laguna Woods.

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A small bag of straight Fentanyl on display at the State Crime Lab at the Ohio Attorney General's headquarters of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 in London, Ohio.

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'If I don't put these on, it hurts to breathe,' says Smitty Anderson wearing Fentanyl patches to help him deal with the pain caused by multiple myeloma cancer, a blood cancer that affects the bones. Anderson worked at Savannah River Site from 1981 to 1998. The Andersons filed claims to get federal compensation for his disease, which he said came from working at the nuclear site. He had no luck. 'We've been going through so much red tape for years,' he said. 'My wife has to do all the work now. I just don't have the strength anymore.' He died on Nov. 5, 2015.

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While some neighbors took note of vehicles parked around the drug house at all hours of the day, one neighbor noticed the trash receptacles would be out for collection at odd times.

“The only thing weird was I’d see the garbage cans out at weird times,” noted neighbor Michael Stempler to WABC. “Not when everyone else would have the garbage out. I thought that was strange.”

In 2017, over 28,000 Americans died of synthetic opioid overdoses in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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