Federal drug enforcement agents said a raid in a suburban New York home Friday netted enough fentanyl to kill nearly 2 million people, a Drug Enforcement Administration official said.
Five people are now facing charges ranging from conspiracy and possession of heroin and fentanyl to resisting arrest.
Three of the suspects – Braulio Mata, Jose Garcia and Yarly Mendoza-Delorbe lived at the house.
“I think they came into a quiet neighborhood and just figured this might be a safe place for them, but I guess not,” a neighbor said.
The DEA said 5 kilograms of fentanyl and 6 kilograms of heroin were seized. Other items that were taken included cutting agents, grinders, and baggies were also taken by agents.
The DEA discovered some of the drugs in furniture that had concealed compartments.
The owner of the house rented the home to a couple in December but was unaware of the alleged criminal activity.
“I have been here for 11 years, nothing like that ever happened before,” a neighbor said.
Area residents say they didn’t know their neighbors well, but say they began renting the house a few months ago.
One resident said they did notice a lot of cars and coming and going. But never suspected a large drug mill was operating on their street.
“I think that it’s very unfortunate that it does, it happened in such a quiet neighborhood here in Ardsley,” a neighbor said.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The NDIA, citing the most recent CDC statistics, said 28,400 reported overdose deaths in 2017 were blamed on fentanyl and other synthetic narcotics. That was, by far, the most widely-used drug involved in reported overdose deaths that year.