BOONEVILLE, Miss. (localmemphis.com)
The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics says two people have died and three others overdosed from drugs laced with fentanyl.
Booneville Police says it all happened Monday. “Evidence gathered from a scene was taken to the MS State Crime Lab and tested positive for fentanyl and acetyl Fentanyl,” said Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey. “They are in pill and/or powder form and we want to make the public aware how dangerous these substances are.”
More details on the case were not released. The MBN says it is working with agencies around the state to arrests those selling the laced drugs.
“As drug related overdose deaths have become more common, our agency has remained consistently focused on working with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to identify and successfully investigate those responsible for selling these deadly substances,” said Lieutenant Colonel Steve Maxwell, Deputy Director – Enforcement Commander of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner Marshall Fisher also weighed in on the growing deadly epidemic. “This should serve as a warning for all Mississippians engaged in the use of illicit narcotics.” Fisher added, “Fentanyl can be easily mistaken for less powerful opioids and distributed by unscrupulous drug dealers who have no other interests beyond profits from the sale of illegal narcotics.”
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