An Ohio police department is warning citizens to beware of the potential purchase of illegal drugs that are considered over-the-counter drugs.
Two suspects, a male and a female, were arrested and charged with multiple crimes in Lorain, Ohio, including drug possession, drug paraphernalia, speeding and tampering with evidence. Drugs collected by police included cocaine and fentanyl. It comes as Maryhaven says Ohio has 200,000 drug addicts within its borders and opioid-related deaths are nearly double the national average.
In a March 22 Facebook postthe Lorain Police Department released a side-by-side photo of a regular Tylenol pill and also a photo that looked like an over-the-counter drug, but was actually fentanyl.
“We would like to advise the public to always be careful when handling medicines, even if they appear to be over-the-counter medicines,” police warned.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration claims that fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine and added to heroin to increase potency. Overdose deaths often occur when people intend to buy heroin but are unaware that they have actually purchased fentanyl.
A police report obtained by Newsweek showed that 36-year-old Alexander Molina and 24-year-old Cheyanne Witter, both residents of Lorain, were arrested during the seizure of pills on January 20 this year when two officers from the Lorain Police Department carried out a secret surveillance at a residence known for drug complaints. A dark gray Honda Odyssey was followed near the scene and then pulled over for a traffic stop, with officers reporting that a passenger had thrown an unknown object through the window.
Another officer conducted an area check and reportedly found a gray zippered bag in the snow. It was collected for evidence.
It was later added, at the discretion of an officer, that he observed the gray bag believed to contain narcotics thrown out the window “at an elevated trajectory towards the top half of the window frame”, leading him to believe that the driver of the vehicle, Molina, had thrown away the Content.
A sniff search for K-9 narcotics from outside the vehicle conducted by Rye reportedly led to a “positive alert” by the dog in reference to a black knit beanie that was allegedly located in the driver’s side door panel. A brown purse lying on the floor also caught the dog’s attention.
A further search of the vehicle by police reportedly led to the discovery of a white pill with the word “Tylenol”, as well as the number “325” written on the face, which was in a purse pocket. In the same pocket, officers reportedly found a small white rock-like substance “immediately recognized as compatible with crack.”
A field test for the substance tested a presumptive positive for the presence of cocaine, police said. The purse also allegedly contained a small piece of white paper folded over several times, with a substance resembling a purple rock inside.
When asked if any of their fingerprints or DNA were on the narcotics bag thrown out the window, Molina and Witter each reportedly denied being responsible.
Evidence collected by police included: 7.9 grams, 11.4 grams and 26.1 grams of cocaine, respectively, all in tied plastic bags; a digital scale with white powder residue; a gray zippered bag that allegedly contained tartar and narcotics; 0.6 grams of a purple rock substance; a “Tylenol” pill later determined to be fentanyl; a black fixed-blade knife with a beige sheath; and approximately $15,000 in cash tied together and separated into 11 separate lots.
Regarding the money, Molina allegedly told police that he and his wife, Keisha, had the $15,000 to buy a new vehicle.
Keisha Molina, according to police, called authorities on February 2 and said the $15,000 seized during the traffic stop and arrest was her money. She reportedly said she left the money in the vehicle after shopping for cars, but did not end up buying a car, adding that Molina was not working and the majority of her money had gone. been saved thanks to stimulus checks from the federal government.
During a call with Alexander and Keisha Molina, they reportedly told police they had received over $20,000 in stimulus checks. But the couple, who have four children, would only receive about $8,400 in government money.
When an officer told Alexander Molina that he could get favorable consideration in his case if he provided information and made controlled purchases from his cocaine supplier, the suspect reportedly returned the phone to his wife and said “he is not going to denounce”.
Fentanyl is obviously not limited to the Ohio borders. Recently, six cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point were hospitalized after overdosing on cocaine containing fentanyl while on spring break in Florida. And in California, Border Patrol agents seized about $300,000 worth of methamphetamine and fentanyl pills hidden in the floor of a car.