State officials remind New Yorkers of fentanyl dangers

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NEW YORK (WBNG) — Ahead of the upcoming New Year’s celebrations, the state’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is reiterating the dangers of fentanyl that threaten public safety.

Authorities say fentanyl seizures in New York are at record-breaking levels.

The DEA New York says it seized approximately 600 kilograms of fentanyl, 1,000 kilograms of heroin, 12,000 kilograms of cocaine, $33 million in cash and denied traffickers revenue of $355 million in 2018.

“DEA is good at what we do,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan. “We target criminal organizations in order to dismantle and destroy their drug trafficking operation from the bottom tier to the top.”

In a news release, the DEA noted that there have been several investigations throughout the state that found heroin mixed with fentanyl, cocaine mixed with fentanyl and cocaine and heroin mixed with fentanyl.

“Fentanyl is not just a game changer, it ends games and ends lives,” Donovan said.

PHOTO: DEA New York

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