4 indicted after record seizure of fentanyl in New Jersey
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Four men have been indicted following what police say was a record seizure of fentanyl in New Jersey.
Officials say the nearly 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of the synthetic opioid that was seized by the New Jersey State Police in North Bergen and Willingboro in June could have yielded over 18 million doses.
The previous record was 14 kilograms of fentanyl seized in Camden in March.
Attorney General Christopher Porrino says dealers are lacing heroin with fentanyl to boost its potency. Porrino says it is a “deadly poison.”
State officials say there were 417 overdose deaths from fentanyl in New Jersey in 2015 and 394 overdose deaths from fentanyl and fentanyl analogs in the first six months of 2016.