An estimated $10 million worth of fentanyl found wrapped in fish was confiscated in New York City, according to the city’s Office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor and the New York Police Department.
Officials say fentanyl, a synthetic opioid up to 50 times stronger than heroin, is increasingly being mixed with illegally trafficked drugs such as heroin, cocaine, and several synthetic drugs.
The fentanyl found in the fish weighed about nine pounds and was discovered after New York police detectives conducted surveillance on a suspect identified as Johnny De Los Santos-Martinez for alleged drug trafficking, according to WSB-TV.
Officials say De Los Santos-Martinez was spotted in a car with two white boxes. Once they obtained a warrant to search the car, police found two Styrofoam coolers containing three bricks of fentanyl wrapped in fish and a fourth brick inside a bag containing what appeared to be chili.
De Los-Santos Martinez was arrested on drug charges and arraigned in court in Manhattan Feb.2, with bail set at $150,000 cash. His next court date is Feb. 28.