Lancaster DA: Straight up fentanyl being sold as heroin

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Lancaster County authorities are warning drug users to beware that some heroin being sold on the streets may actually be a lethal dose of fentanyl.


The drug is being packaged in distinctive purple and white checked bags. In this region, heroin is normally sold in blue bags, the Lancaster County Drug Task Force said in a statement.

“We are not mincing words here: These particular bags can and will kill you,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said Wednesday in a statement. “We as law-enforcement are taking a proactive approach to this specific dealing operation because drug abusers, quite frankly, are not capable of making reasonable decisions.”






The Drug Enforcement Administration has said fentanyl can be 40 to 50 times stronger than the heroin that is often sold on the streets.




The potentially-deadly drug has been found throughout Lancaster County and may be sold in other jurisdictions, authorities stated.

Last year more than 100 overdose deaths were reported in Lancaster County.

Anyone with information on individuals selling these bags is urged to contact the Drug Task Force’s tipline at 1-800-422-1380, or Lancaster City-County CrimeStoppers by calling 1-800-322-1913 or text-messaging LANCS and your tip to 847411. Tips can be made anonymously.























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