According to WLBT-TV, a Texas man has been charged with aggravated trafficking in Mississippi in mid-January. The man was allegedly arrested for trafficking over 10,000 pills, which consisted of fentanyl. As most are aware, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. It is extremely addictive and small doses of it can be deadly.
The incident occurred back in April when a Rankin County Sheriff’s Department Deputy stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by the man as a result of a traffic violation. Reports indicate that a woman and child were also inside the vehicle at that time. Upon approaching the vehicle, the deputy reportedly observed that the back panel of the passenger seat was lying on the floor. The deputy also saw two large packages that were wrapped in electrical tape bulging from the altered passenger seat as well as a few blue M30 – commonly known as counterfeit oxycodone – pills on the floor.
After further investigation, the packages found in the vehicle were revealed to contain over 10,000 counterfeit blue M30 pills, containing both oxycodone and fentanyl. The man has since pled guilty to trafficking fentanyl and will serve 10 years at the Mississippi Department of Corrections without parole.