Counterfeit Mexican Prescription Pills Could Contain Fentanyl, Says DEA

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, a bag of 4-fluoro isobutyryl fentanyl which was seized in a drug raid is displayed at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Testing and Research Laboratory in Sterling, Va. Acting United States DEA administrator Chuck Rosenberg will visit China next week …
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U.S. authorities issued a warning about counterfeit prescription drugs being pushed by Mexican cartels which can contain lethal doses of fentanyl.

This week, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued the warning and the results of tests on recently seized pills. Authorities revealed that 27 percent of the seized drugs contained a lethal dose of fentanyl, a substance described by the DEA as a synthetic opioid 80-100 times more powerful than morphine. Officials claim fentanyl is linked to more fatal overdoses than any other drug.

The warning appears to follow a series of arrests in Chicago and Indiana where cartels distributed fake Oxycodone. Breitbart Texas reported last week on the arrest of a member of an Indiana drug ring that moved hundreds of fentanyl pills and large quantities methamphetamine. The cartel operative fled to South Texas, but authorities arrested him.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Texas. He co-founded Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at

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