2 men arrested with enough fentanyl to kill 4.7 million people, officials say

BUENA PARK, Calif. (Gray News) – Southern California officials report police arrested two men with hundreds of pounds of drugs in Orange County’s biggest bankruptcy in 16 years. .

A lethal dose of fentanyl is just 2 milligrams, according to the Orange County prosecutor’s office, and authorities recovered nearly 21 pounds of fentanyl pills after Buena Park police stopped a van leaving a home on March 17.

Police also said they found approximately 821 pounds of methamphetamine and 190 pounds of cocaine.

Edgar Alfonso Lamas, 36, and Carlos Raygozaparedes, 53, are the men arrested in the drug case. The district attorney’s office reports that the two face multiple felony charges, including possession of a controlled substance and selling or transporting a controlled substance.

Police said the two suspected drug traffickers were also charged with criminal enhancements that the controlled substances exceeded 80 and 20 kilograms in weight or 400 liters in liquid volume.

“Millions of unsuspecting people have the grim reaper looking over their shoulder. They have no idea how close they are to dying on just one pill,” the county prosecutor said. Orange, Todd Spitzer “Fentanyl is cheap, it’s easy to get, and it’s killing our kids, our co-workers, and tens of thousands of innocent Americans who don’t have to die. Drug dealers don’t care from you or your loved ones – they only care about their bottom line and making as much money as possible.

Lamas and Raygozaparedes face a maximum sentence of 37 years and four months in prison if convicted on all counts. According to the district attorney’s office, the two have pleaded not guilty and remain in custody on $5 million bond.

According to court records, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for the two men on June 7 in Fullerton, California.

“With fentanyl in approximately 40% of illicit drugs, it’s not a matter of if but when someone you know and love dies from fentanyl. We must continue to do all we can to fight this. this deadly drug epidemic and save lives,” Spitzer said.

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