Eugene police find record-breaking 18 lbs of fentanyl which is enough to kill FOUR MILLION people

Eugene police find record-breaking 18 lbs of fentanyl which is enough to kill FOUR MILLION people
Eugene police seized 18 pounds of fentanyl from a car driver (Eugene Police Department/Twitter)

PORTLAND, OREGON: A record-breaking 18 pounds of fentanyl pills were seized by Oregon police which is enough to claim the lives of at least 4 million people. The astounding amount of opioids was found inside a car when they found a passed-out driver on the side of the road. Eugene police said Andre Lavell Johnson of Portland, 42, was found “slumped over the steering wheel” at the intersection of E 11th Avenue and High Street just before 11 pm on October 19. Officers pinned the car before rousing awake the 42-year-old.

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Johnson reportedly had previous warrants out for his arrest. He tried to start the car and escape in a failed attempt as officers removed him from the car for an inspection, police said. Inside, police found fentanyl pills “matching the description of currently circulating counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl,” police said, according to New York Post. A gun was also found on the floor of the driver’s seat. The firearm was later discovered to be stolen by authorities. 

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Police uncovered 18 pounds of fentanyl in both pill and powder form after continuing the search in Johnson’s home. This is the largest seizure in Eugene Police Department history. Police said that it is enough to kill over four million people. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency(DEA), a lethal dose of the drug contains just 2 milligrams. The city of Eugene has seen a surge in street drugs containing fentanyl, police said. “Without laboratory testing, there is no way to know how much fentanyl is concentrated in a pill or powder,” the department said in a public announcement warning of the drug. “It should be assumed that any illicit drug could contain fentanyl.”

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Police also found $47,000 in cash, multiple cell phones and 12 firearms in the search. Half of the weapons were stolen. Johnson was booked at the Lane County Jail for DUII, driving while suspended, possessing a firearm, and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. 

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MEAWW previously reported that a Wayne County jail deputy, Brandon Creech, got hospitalized after being exposed to fentanyl while patting down a suspect named Daniel Cox. Creech was booking the suspect, arrested by the Richmond Police Department and taken to the Wayne County Jail, when he found a small grinder and a baggie containing what was described as an ‘unknown powdery substance’. 

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In a Facebook post, the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said the substance was identified as containing fentanyl. The post read, "The substance was field tested which revealed an indication of fentanyl. During the continuing book-in process and within just a few short minutes, Deputy Creech began to feel ill and suddenly collapsed. Jail deputies, medical staff and the RPD officer immediately began administering aid to Deputy Creech. Three doses of Narcan were administered which improved his condition. Deputy Creech was transported to Reid Health Hospital for evaluation and treatment. He was released a few hours later. This incident is being investigated further to determine if additional criminal charges are appropriate."

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