Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Detroit Arraigns A Dealer For Distributing Fentanyl-Laced Heroin

In Detroit, a man has been arraigned on charges related to the distribution of fentanyl-laced heroin in that city. On a per capita basis, Detroit appears to have suffered more overdoses caused by fentanyl than has Chicago. From the Washington Post:

Wayne County sheriff's deputies and federal drug agents said Daren Reese was arrested Thursday in the sale of a mix of heroin and the prescription painkiller fentanyl.

Reese, 45, of Detroit, faces charges including four counts of delivering and manufacturing a controlled substance, and two felony weapons charges for carrying a firearm and body armor. He was being held in the Wayne County Jail on $200,000 bond.

Paul Curtis, a lawyer representing Reese, told the Detroit Free Press after the hearing his client was a scapegoat for authorities trying to show they are combating the fentanyl scourge.

It is doubtful that the recent raids in Chicago and other cities had anything to do with this arrest. (For reports on those raids, see here and here.) Mr. Reese appears to have been done in by a user:
A suburban woman found earlier this month with a syringe in her arm -- slumped unconscious over the steering wheel of her car on a Highland Park street -- was a breakthrough in investigators' around-the-clock search for the source of heroin laced with fentanyl that has killed 133 people since last September.


Investigators said they found Rees carrying a large prescription bottle containing 80 individual foil-wrapped packets of the heroin-fentanyl mixture. The packets were sold for $10 to $20 under the street names "magic" or "A-1," Evans said.

All tolled, the authorities in Detroit and Wayne county have arrested five people on charges relating to the sale of fentanyl-laced heroin. The article concludes with this:
"Many of the drug buyers we have observed throughout this investigation are residents of suburban communities that come to this location to buy drugs," [Wayne County Sheriff Warren C.] Evans said.

Sound familiar, Chicago?

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