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Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced Firday that 45 pounds of fentanyl were seized in a recent raid conducted during the week of October 21st.

The investigation, which was executed in cooperation with the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Street Task Force, and the RANGE Task Force, arrested three men responsible for the trafficking of the deadly narcotic.

“Chemical Warfare And A Weapon Of Mass Destruction”

– Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

Anthony Franklin, Shamar Davis, and Grady Jackson—all from Dayton, Ohio—have been arrested and are facing charges of possession with intent to distribute 400 or more grams of fentanyl and felony possession of a firearm.

In a Facebook post published on Friday, the RANGE Task Force had this to say:

“These illegal drugs ruin lives, destroys families, fuels violence, drives up property crime, and wrecks neighborhoods. Anyone associated with it—especially those who sell and traffic it—are doing violence to people and causing harm in our communities,” said Sheriff Rob Streck. “We are proud of the teamwork on this investigation. With the help from our partner agencies, we were all able to take dangerous drug dealers off the streets.”

Authorities arrested the subjects after gathering evidence indicating that they were allegedly involved in narcotics trafficking. As part of the investigation, agents seized over (20) kilograms of suspected Fentanyl, 1500 grams of suspected Methamphetamine, 500 grams of suspected Heroin, (3) firearms and over $30,000 US Currency.

“The quantity of fentanyl in this case amounts to chemical warfare and a weapon of mass destruction,” Yost said. “I applaud the work of our task force and our law enforcement partners – this is an enormous amount of deadly drugs that will no longer be on our streets.”

In addition to the 20 kilograms of fentanyl recovered in the operation, 1500 grams of meth, 500 grams of heroin, and 3 firearms were confiscated.

Yost described the quantity as “chemical warfare and a weapon of mass destruction” and applauded the work of law enforcement officers for removing these narcotics from the streets of America.

According to Vance Chandler, Homeland Security Investigations special agent in charge for Michigan and Ohio, the quantity of fentanyl could theoretically kill the entire population of Ohio “many times over”:

“Twenty-kilograms of fentanyl is enough to kill the entire population of Ohio, many times over,” said Vance Callender, Homeland Security Investigations special agent in charge for Michigan and Ohio. “As this significant seizure makes clear, HSI and our partners are united in our resolve to protect our communities and our country from the deadly scourge of drug trafficking. We stand ready to use every tool and resource at our disposal to attack and dismantle these organizations from the low-level dealers to the source of supply with our law enforcement partners.”

“This multi-million dollar fentanyl seizure clearly shows the enormity of the opioid problem in this area,” stated Acting Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Deters of the FBI’s Cincinnati Division. “Law enforcement will continue to work aggressively to address the illegal drug supply, but there is also a continuing need to address demand as well.”

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