Elderly Mexican Man Arrested with 85 Pounds of Possibly Counterfeit Oxycodone Pills Laced with Fentanyl

An elderly Mexican man was apprehended by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department on Interstate 5 near San Clemente after authorities discovered 85 pounds of potentially counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl. The arrest took place on May 8, when Deputy Ochoa from the Highway Interdiction Team pulled over the driver for not having a front license plate. Noticing the driver’s nervous behavior, Ochoa confronted him, leading to the admission of narcotics being present in the car’s trunk.

Upon further investigation, law enforcement officials uncovered a total of 390,000 blue M30 pills concealed inside a trash bag hidden in the trunk. While genuine M30 pills typically contain oxycodone, authorities suspect that these drugs were counterfeit and contained fentanyl instead. Toxicology reports are still pending, according to Sgt. Matt Parrish.

The 74-year-old driver was subsequently arrested on suspicion of sales and transportation of a controlled substance. If found guilty, he may face an enhancement of 15 years due to the weight of the drugs exceeding 20 kilograms. The Highway Interdiction Team, established in 2008, focuses primarily on the 5 Freeway, aiming to disrupt drug trafficking organizations’ primary avenue for smuggling narcotics into Orange County.

Author: CrimeDoor

1 Response

  1. This is a very concerning incident. I would like to know more about the potential dangers of counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl. Could you please expand on the risks associated with these counterfeit drugs and the potential harm they can cause to individuals who consume them?

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