In a routine traffic stop on Monday along Interstate 40, Arkansas State Police (ASP) made a significant seizure, confiscating approximately 50,000 Fentanyl pills and a firearm. The illegally manufactured drugs, known for their lethal potency, are estimated to have a street value exceeding $2 million.
The heroic efforts of the ASP Troopers involved in the operation have been praised for potentially saving countless lives by removing such a massive quantity of the deadly substance from circulation. ASP Col. Mike Hagar expressed his pride in the courageous and crucial work performed by the Troopers to safeguard the well-being of Arkansans.
During the traffic stop, initiated due to an improper lane change between Protho Junction and the I-440 interchange, the driver and a passenger were taken into custody. At approximately 8 a.m., a Trooper conducted a thorough search of the vehicle, leading to the seizure of 11.83 pounds or 5 kilograms of Fentanyl.
Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, poses an exceptionally high risk due to its potency. It is estimated to be up to 50 times stronger than heroin and a staggering 100 times stronger than morphine. Even minute doses of Fentanyl can prove lethal, with just one kilogram having the potential to cause the deaths of 500,000 individuals.
The nature of Fentanyl’s potency underscores the importance of its interception and prevention of distribution. Factors such as body size, tolerance, and past usage make even 2 milligrams of Fentanyl potentially fatal for individuals.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.