Millions in drugs including fentanyl seized in Mount Vernon

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WHITE PLAINS – Several million dollars’ worth of opiates and other narcotics, including what is alleged to be fentanyl, was seized last week in Mount Vernon following a joint investigation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, New Jersey State Police and the Westchester District Attorney’s Office, DA Miriam Rocah said Monday.

Approximately 25,000 pills alleged to be fentanyl, many marked “M30,” and an estimated 38 kilograms of alleged narcotics including heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl were found packaged and ready for sale in an apartment in Mount Vernon.

In a simultaneous search warrant executed at a residence in Yonkers, an estimated $35,000 in cash was seized. The substances have been sent to the DEA’s Northeast Regional Laboratory for analysis.

An individual was arrested in New Jersey by New Jersey State Police in connection with the seized narcotics, and was charged in Mount Vernon with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, pending extradition to Westchester.

“Drug overdoses and overdose deaths are plaguing Westchester and our region. We are committed to doing everything we can to get drugs off of our streets and out of our communities and to help fight opiate addiction,” said DA Rocah.

“Two milligrams of fentanyl can cause death, and taking this large amount of fentanyl out of distribution has saved lives. This seizure is indicative of how traffickers are making street drugs highly potent and highly addictive by adding fentanyl,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan. “This is a warning that local traffickers vary methods of distribution, some selling only fentanyl and some selling mixtures of fentanyl and other drugs. Therefore, drug users beware, what you may think is one drug, is really laced with something more powerful and deadly.”