Huge Drug Bust By The FBI In Massachusetts Results In The Seizure Of Pink Heart-Shaped Candy Pills Laced With Fentanyl

The FBI detained three men in Massachusetts after they were allegedly discovered in possession of over 220 pounds of suspected illegal substances, including tablets shaped like pink candy hearts. This is thought to be one of the biggest drug seizures in New England.

Approximately 10 million narcotic dosages were recovered, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, eight million of which were pills and powder laced with methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Huge Drug Bust By The FBI In Massachusetts Results In The Seizure Of Pink Heart-Shaped Candy Pills Laced With Fentanyl

The estimated street value of the narcotics is $8 million.

Emilio Garcia, age 25, Sebastien Bejin, age 33, and Deiby Felix, age 40, were all taken into custody by the FBI. They were all residents of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Felix, Garcia, and Bejin faced charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled narcotics and possession of controlled substances with a purpose to distribute, in addition to the charges of possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute.

“The only thing more depraved than trafficking deadly fentanyl is trafficking deadly fentanyl designed to look like candy to appeal to teenagers,” Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said. “The Justice Department is focused on attacking every link in the global fentanyl trafficking chain, and we will not stop until those responsible for the fentanyl poisoning epidemic are brought to justice.

According to the DOJ, an inquiry into an overdose death in Salem, Massachusetts in July 2023 resulted in the discovery of a drug trafficking network headed by the three men.

Following three months of observing the guys, detectives carried out search warrants at four sites in Lynn on November 1st. They also executed arrest warrants for Felix, Garcia, and Bejin.

Investigators allegedly found what they consider to be one of the largest single-location recoveries of methamphetamine and fentanyl in Massachusetts and the surrounding area during the searches, according to the DOJ.

Over 200 pounds of drugs are said to have been found during the search, including 20 pounds of fentanyl-laced pills shaped like hearts that were made to resemble pink Valentine’s Day candies.

Approximately 180 pounds of the drugs that were taken into custody were purportedly discovered in the basement of a two-family house that was inhabited by several families with young children.

According to the DOJ, the drugs included 22 pounds of cocaine base and methamphetamine; 37 pounds of suspected raw methamphetamine, or roughly 3.5 million doses; 61 pounds of Percocet pills, or roughly 280,000, thought to contain fentanyl; 59 pounds of Adderall pills, suspected to contain methamphetamine; and four pounds of brown rock and powder-like substances, which tested positive for cocaine, fentanyl, and methamphetamine, totalling approximately 900,000 doses.

During the searches, investigators claimed to have discovered five weapons and extra drugs.

During the surveillance, investigators discovered that Garcia and Bejin allegedly delivered cocaine to lower-level traffickers from a single stash spot every day.

Felix was allegedly living at one of the stash locations, according to the DOJ, and during a search of the property, about 7 pounds of pressed pills containing fentanyl and methamphetamine were discovered. These pills were consistent with the pressed pills discovered at another stash location.

“This seizure by the FBI’s North Shore Gang Task Force saved lives in communities throughout Massachusetts,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said. “Not only was this seizure one of the largest in the history of Massachusetts but some of the pills were created to look like candy, potentially presenting an enormous risk to children.

On November 13, 2023, all three men are scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court.

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