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Fentanyl Allegedly Produced in China Makes its Way to US, Via the Dark Net

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Authorities in Connecticut on Thursday broke up what they believe was a major distribution operation of the drug fentanyl—a powerful synthetic opioid responsible for the deaths of thousands of people across the country—in what they are calling a “groundbreaking” investigation into dark net drug sales.

    In all, nine people were arrested and 2.5 kilos of fentanyl were seized, as well as two kilos of ecstasy, 50,000 counterfeit Xanax pills, 40 pounds of marijuana, $500,000 in cash and two guns. Authorities said the majority of the fentanyl found in New England was produced in China and sold in dark net drug markets.

    Fentanyl is easily sourced from China in bulk via dark net sites,” one heroin user told Vocativ in an interview for a separate story. “This stuff is also super cheap in comparison to actual heroin and is easier to synthesize due to it being a full synthetic and not needing access to heavily watched precursors.”

    Drug dealers will often mix fentanyl with heroin to make it more powerful. The problem, in many cases, is that fentanyl is far more lethal than regular heroin, and users don’t know that’s what they’re getting until it’s too late and they overdose.

    Connecticut is far from the only state in the U.S. feeling the effects of fentanyl. The Drug Enforcement Administration has referred to its recent rise and contribution to overdose deaths as an “epidemic.” According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there was a 200 percent increase in the number of opiate-related overdose deaths between 2000 and 2014, when nearly 50,000 people died from drug overdoses.

    That’s more than one-and-a-half times the number of people who died in automobile accidents. The majority of the deaths, the CDC said, were caused by opiates.

    The investigation in Connecticut was the first time federal authorities have used wire taps to exclusively investigate fentanyl.

    “We believe that this groundbreaking investigation has identified a major supplier of fentanyl here in Connecticut,” U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly said Thursday.

    By James King - Voactiv/May 20, 2016
    Art: news1130
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. DopesToInfinity
    A friend of mine was getting "oxycodone 30s" from the Darknet. The high was much different and stronger with side effects of nausea. The tablets broke up a lot easier too. I think that they may have been pressed with fentanyl. It seems that it's hard to tell what you're getting when ordering online
  2. nomud
    Being opened minded to letting people choose their own poisons.Fentanyl is
    impossible to control.Too easy to make from OTC stuff.The uncontrollable
    controlled substance.I think anyone that'd cook that should be hung.
    Coming from someone that's prochoice libertarian do whatever you want.
    Anti-authority, doesn't like the government.So it'd have to be very nasty
    stuff for me to be so against it .
  3. Nosferatus
    The issue is really less the drug than the misrepresentation, in a perfect world you would get exactly what you think you're getting, since we don't live in a perfect world, due caution must be exercised.
  4. Name goes here
    I think I'm the lone wolf here who knowingly uses a few of these analogs.

    I'm not buying laced heroin, fake oxy or anything other then what it's advertised as. Anyone selling fentanyl or its analogs as anything but what it is should be shot and left to bleed. It's too easy to underestimate its strength or how tolerant to opiates you think you are.

    I take numerous precautions when receiving a new order. After measuring, weighing and setting up premeasured doses, I start with 1/4 of what my dose should be. While this isn't foolproof, it's what I can do with my equipment and knowledge.

    The best thing I can suggest to anyone interest in trying fentanyl is to read the obituaries of all the heroin overdoses knowing they were most likely caused by these poisons.

    Rip lololsolid. You've been a true wake-up call to me. It's a damn shame your life was lost due to this drug.

    Edit: Nomud, I think you're confusing fentanyl with methamphetamine. The precursors are not readily available nor is the synthesis easy from my research. I'm not a scientists but from what I've read, it's a fairly complicated process.
  5. slayer180
    So true, he was being ultra careful with it also from what I read, and had plenty of people here warning him what could happen, and it still did. Still shocked over it really. Its sad.

    Anyone who is passing these ultra potent drugs off as something else deserves some harsh punishment because they are costing peoples lives not to mention making it harder and harder for people who need pain medication for legit reasons to get it. Giving the media more ammo to demonize that class of medication.

    The problem is increasing and spreading and not going away.

    Maybe the solution is to make all drugs available in regulated stores so people know they are getting exact amounts of the chemical they want, not something else. Government can make the profits instead of dealers. Harm reduction can be focused on, help can be available for anyone who wishes.
  6. Docta
    Interesting you should say that because it is a widely held urban myth that fentanyl is difficult to synthesis when in fact this is not the case. Nomud is a skilled street chemist who could easily create fentanyl from OTC products. You see its the precursors that are made from OTC products and they are then used to cook fentanyl with very high yields.

    Here in lies the problem, you don't need a commercial production facility such as in China to create large quantity's of fentanyl citrate. A meth type home one pot lab or cartel supper lab can and is set up with not much trouble hence the flood of fentanyl were seeing at the moment. The ease of availability of raw materials needed to create reaction precursors makes intermediate to large scale clandestine manufacture of fentanyl very attractive for a dark web entrepreneur.
  7. Name goes here
    Learn something new everyday.

    So I need to ask since I'm going to assume the rest of what I know is wrong. Is there a way to differentiate between heroin, fentanyl analogs and other opiates/opioid without needing to have a GC/MC machine? If there is or potentially a way to develop a test, many lives could be saved.
  8. Beenthere2Hippie
    It seems that Mecke Labs has come up with a reagents test for fentanyl/opiate detection, which, I have read, has not been available till very recently. It's called Sirchie NARK II Special Opiates Reagent, and is being advertised as able to to detect the presence of fentanyl, heroin and oxycodone. It's a test that all those who use opiates (especially with the possibility of containing fentanyl) should keep a supply of so they can test their drugs prior to use and stay safe.

    Reagents tests save lives.
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