Sheriff’s deputies have seized enough fentanyl to kill one million people in a single traffic stop. The driver, Karen Garcia Euceda, 24, was pulled over in Durham, North Carolina, driving with the drugs — all while her child was in the car.
One kilogram of fentanyl, which is an extremely powerful synthetic opioid similar to morphine but 50-100 times more potent, is enough to kill 500,000 people.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, one kilogram of fentanyl is capable of killing up to 500,000 people.
“The CDC reported that opioids, mainly synthetic opioids (other than methadone), are currently the main driver of drug overdose deaths. More than 72 percent of opioid-involved overdose deaths involved synthetic opioids,” WJTV reports.
When deputies pulled Euceda over, they discovered two kilograms of fentanyl in the vehicle, along with her four year old daughter. She was reportedly the subject of an ongoing investigation.
According to the press release, Euceda’s daughter is now in the custody of a family member.
She is now being charged with two counts of trafficking, and misdemeanor child abuse. Euceda is currently being held at the Durham County Detention Center on a $100,000 secured bond.
The news of the arrest is being shared across the internet, with many concerned about the increasing prevalence of fentanyl on the streets in the United States.
ABC 8 News Richmond shared the story on Twitter, writing: “Sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina arrested a woman who was in possession of two kilograms of fentanyl — all while her child was in the vehicle, a news release from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office said.”
Sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina arrested a woman who was in possession of two kilograms of fentanyl — all while her child was in the vehicle, a news release from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office said. https://t.co/MZbF2rcDuU
— 8News WRIC Richmond (@8NEWS) May 28, 2021