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Lethal Carfentanil Seized by MNPD Narcotics Detectives & U.S. Postal Inspectors

4/19/2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

It is unclear who sent it or just who it was going to, but the good news for Middle Tennesseans is that a packet carfentanil, legally used as a tranquilizer for elephants, mailed to this area has been intercepted by MNPD narcotics detectives and U.S. postal inspectors.

Acting on a tip that carfentanil was concealed in a seemingly legitimate parcel, detectives and agents took it out of circulation in Nashville and executed a search warrant. Inside was a packet containing 140 milligrams of carfentanil, enough for thousands of lethal human doses. Carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and is commonly illegally used as a cutting agent in heroin. The substance is responsible for numerous overdose deaths throughout the United States, as it acts as a respiratory system depressant.

Fictitious information in the sender/recipient areas of the mailer has made it difficult at present to identify the persons involved, although it is known that the parcel originated in Florida. The investigation is continuing. This is the first carfentanil seized by the MNPD.

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