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14,000 pills seized in Eddy County since 2019

Fentanyl seizures in Eddy County increased since Pecos Valley Drug Task Force agents (PVDTF) reported the first incident of the drug found in Eddy County in 2019. 

Agents seized nearly 14,000 fentanyl pills — an amount which only increases as 2021 advances.

PVDTF Cmdr. Lenin Leos said fentanyl seizures are second only to methamphetamine seizures by agents in Eddy County.

Fentanyl pills allegedly seized by Pecos Valley Drug Task Force during an April 7, 2020 arrest.

He said Eddy County’s first fentanyl seizure was in the summer of 2019. For the last six months of that year, he said 1,740 pills were seized by agents.

The next year the amount of seized pills increased to 3,147 and through mid-June 2021, more than 9,000 pills were seized.

What is fentanyl?

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) cited fentanyl — a synthetic opioid typically used to treat patients with chronic severe pain or severe pain — as a Schedule II controlled substance similar to morphine but about 100 times more potent.