Update: Cops Seize 40 Grams Heroin Cut With Fentanyl

Some of the drugs seized. Courtesy of Hartford Police Department.

In an operation this week in East Hartford, police say the found 28.9 grams of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, the synthetic opiate that is many times more potent than heroin.

They said the operation was part of investigation that was spurred by a fatal overdose in Southington earlier this month. Cops said the drugs in the death were believed to be “tainted.” Read more on courant.com.

Not long after this post originally went up, news came out of another drug seizure. A new regional task force in southeastern Connecticut picked up 10 grams of fentanyl-laced heroin during an arrest in Groton.

In announcing the arrest, the police disclosed that fentanyl may have been to blame with a rash of more than 25 overdoses in that area a couple weeks back.

What has drawn attention to fentanyl is its recent lethality. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said the drug played some role in 187 deaths last year — up more than 1000 percent from 2012. Heroin and fentyal overdoses represented 107 of the total fatal overdoses in 2015.

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