US Authorities seize 45 pounds of fentanyl in Ohio, say quantity ‘amounts to chemical warfare’


(NBC News) – Ohio authorities have seized a multimillion-dollar haul of fentanyl so large they’re calling it a “weapon of mass destruction.”

Almost 45 pounds of suspected fentanyl, three pounds of suspected methamphetamine, a pound of suspected heroin, three firearms and over $30,000 in cash were seized in Montgomery County, Ohio during the week beginning Oct. 21

The operation was carried out in partnership with the FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the task force said, and authorities hailed the successful operation for keeping the massive shipment of the drug off the streets.

The quantity of fentanyl in this case amounts to chemical warfare and a weapon of mass destruction,” said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

Vance Callender, Homeland Security Investigations special agent in charge for Michigan and Ohio, called 45 pounds of fentanyl “enough to kill the entire population of Ohio, many times over.”

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