On March 1st, the quiet, wealthy community of Ardsley in Winchester County, New York witnessed a local house being raided because it had enough opioids in it to kill 2 million people.
Authorities raided the house and found five kilograms (11 pounds) of fentanyl which is both a potent and a poisonous synthetic opioid that is most commonly used with other opioids. Six kilos (13.2 pounds) of heroin were also seized in the raid according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
Heroin can be spiked with fentanyl which makes a deadly combination that has caused tens of thousands of deaths in America in the past couple of years.
Five people were arrested for running a fentanyl during the raid, and they are all facing severe drug charges. Braulio Mata, 31; Jose Garcia, 44; and 20-year-old Yarly Mendoza-Delorbe were charged with conspiracy and drug possession. Another suspect, Ramon Aracena Alfe, 47, is facing a possession charge. The fifth person, 32-year-old Dionell Duarte Hernandez, has been charged with possession and resisting arrest, officials said. Mata, Garcia, and Mendoza-Delorbe are all from Ardelly while Alfe is from Mount Vernon, and Hernandez is from New York.
The homeowner told ABC station WABC he rented the split level in December to a couple but was unaware of illegal activity, even though many neighbors had noticed several vehicles coming and going News 12 Winchester reports.
The raid was conducted by a task force that included the Westchester County police, Orangetown police, the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office, Yonkers police, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, and the DEA according to ABC News.
“The fentanyl alone has the potency to kill nearly over two million people,” said DEA Special Agent Ray Donovan. “I commend the men and women in the Task Force and Tactical Diversion Squad for their quick and efficient investigation into this organization and their diligence to the safety of the residents living nearby.”