The DEA in New York Seize 15,000 Rainbow Fentanyl Pills Hidden in a Box of Legos

Officials issued an alert to Americans after a drug bust warning them that they had discovered thousands of deadly rainbow-fentanyl drugs in a box full of Legos.

New York City police officers and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced Tuesday that they had seized over 15,000 rainbow-colored fentanyl tablets as part of an ongoing investigation into a fentanyl trafficking network. This comes as cities all over the country continue to discover more dangerous drugs in brightly colored tablets that are targeted at children.

“Rainbow Fentanyl” is a clear and present danger. It is located in New York City, Frank A. Tarantino III Special agent in Charge, U.S Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division stated. “This operation alone removed more than 500,000 lethal doses of fentanyl in the Empire State.”

According to the release, DEA agents based in New York were conducting surveillance as part of their drug trafficking operation. The agents observed a woman carrying an unknown object, large and heavy in a black bag. This bag was then found in a black bag. She was taken into a car and stopped by DEA agents and local police. The suspect was found in the back seat of the vehicle with two black bags and a yellow Lego box. One of the boxes contained pills that had been partially opened.

We discovered that over 15,000 pills were in the package Officers and agents learned that the pills had been manufactured in Mexico.

According to the DEA, the case “reveals Mexican cartels’ most recent tactics to lure and deceive the public about the deadly drug.”  “The Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco New Generation Cartel mass produce fentanyl pills in rainbow colors to brand their products.” “They also use dyes and colors that look like candy and prescription drugs.”

Rainbow fentanyl, which contained 15,000 pills, was found at Nogales port-of-entry, Arizona, in August. This form of fentanyl is more potent than pressed pills.

The DEA advised the public to be aware of an “emerging pattern” in rainbow fentanyl usage in August. It appears that this trend is a way for criminal cartels to sell highly addictive, potentially fatal fentanyl to young people.

ABC7 New York was informed Wednesday by the DEA that it was crucial to warn Americans about rainbow fentanyl prior to Halloween. These pills are similar to candy.