On May 19, it was reported that a 26-year-old man was taken into custody in California and charged with multiple drug offenses after he was allegedly caught with approximately 4.4 pounds of Despropionyl Fentanyl and Ketamine. According to the authorities, the drugs had a total street values of $6.8 million.
Agents arranged to buy the 4.4 pounds of the synthetic heroin. As he was traveling along Highway 99 to the agreed location, the officers conducted a traffic stop. They located the alleged synthetic heroin in a secret compartment in the vehicle. Because the agents were not aware of what the synthetic heroin was made of, they wore HAZMAT suits to remove the drugs.
After the drugs were sent to the lab, it was determined that the synthetic heroin was made from Despropionyl Fentanyl and Ketamine. The accused man was ultimately charged with several felonies, including possessing and transporting narcotics for the purpose of selling them. His bail was set to $235,000. The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area unit was involved in the arrest.
When a person is accused of drug trafficking or possessing drugs with the intent to sell them, he or she could potentially face severe consequences. In California, the consequences can include a lengthy prison sentence, fines and probation . Because the consequences are so severe, a criminal law attorney may review the case to look for weaknesses and inconsistencies. For example, the attorney may challenge the traffic stop, the search and seizure of any evidence and whether or not the person's rights were violated when being taken into custody.
Source: ABC 30, "$6.8M in 'synthetic heroin' seized in Fresno County drug bust", May 19, 2017