Darrius Lonzo Lewis, left, Anthony Ray Robinson, Barbara Nykitta Wilson were arrested on charges related to the attempted shipment of fentanyl.
(Lucas County Sheriff’s Office)
Three Texans were arrested in Ohio last week after a survey provided evidence that they had tried to mail a large amount of fentanyl back to Texas, authorities said.
Three of #Houston area charged in federal court after arreated with more than three pounds of #fentanyl in #Toledo: (link: https://t.co/VqNi9PAPQn) https://t.co/M4DUvZEt7j @ICEgov @ToledoPolice @OhioAG
— NDOHnews (@NDOHnews) March 21, 2018
According to the Prosecutor of the V. S. Justin Herdman of the Northern District of Ohio, it was enough fentanyl “to kill everyone in Toledo several times over.”
ICYMI: Enough fentanyl “to kill everyone in Toledo several times over” was taken at a Lucas County Red Roof Inn, authorities said:https://t.co/2JgJiyLJFK
— Lauren Lindstrom (@lelindstrom) March 22, 2018
A kilogram of the opioid was taken on a Toledo post office, and a half kilo and $8,500 in cash were seized in a motel room where the trio were, the Toledo Blade reported.
The drugs had an estimated total street value of about $1 million, authorities said.
Fentanyl is a dangerous synthetic opioid with deadly consequences for users and those in law enforcement,” Steve Francis, special agent in charge of the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement homeland security investigations office in Detroit, told the Magazine.
“The fentanyl seized is enough to kill everyone in Toledo several times over.”
– The Attorney of the V. S. Justin Herman
The investigation began Monday after the authorities learned that there were three “suspicious” persons had checked into two rooms at a Red Roof Inn in Toledo, the Dallas Morning News reported.
On Monday and Tuesday, police reportedly looked to the three persons – identified as Darrius Lonzo Lewis, 29; Anthony Ray Robinson, 32; and Barbara Nykitta Wilson, 21 – leaving and entering the rooms.
The authorities said they looked at Robinson and Wilson drive in separate cars to a post office Tuesday. Robinson allegedly went to the post office with a package, while Wilson returned a rental car to go back to the hotel in Robinson’s car, the Dallas Morning News reported.
After obtaining a search warrant, the police found the drugs and money and arested the suspects.
Fentanyl may have killed all the states in the USA this year
Further investigation led the police to the post office, where the authorities said that they have a package with more fentanyl.
When investigators questioned the trio, the complaint says, Robinson and Wilson said that they are half-brothers and sisters, who had driven out from Texas for a wedding, according to Robinson, and for a proposal of a dinner at Wilson’s account. Lewis said that he had flown to Ohio from Houston.
The trio was held at the Lucas County Jail in Ohio, authorities said.
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