A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task force found thousands of fentanyl pills stored inside a box of “Classic Legos.”
There appears to be an underground system of drug peddlers who are pushing fentanyl into schools and neighborhoods as the synthetic opioid crisis continues to wreak havoc in the country.
On Tuesday, a DEA task force in Manhattan found 15,000 fentanyl pills packed in two black bags inside the Legos box, which was in the back of a rented car near Hudson Yards, the New York Post reports. The force found the box at around 7 p.m. Only a few weeks have passed since thousands of rainbow-colored fentanyl pills were found inside candy packaging. As Halloween approaches, DEA agents are warning the public about the epidemic.
“Fentanyl is the most significant threat to our public health and our public safety,” said DEA Special Agent Frank Tarentino, the New York Post reports. “This is just the tip of the iceberg. We have more seizures every day. In New York City, there is a drug overdose every three hours. Nationally it’s every five minutes, 295 a day.”