300,000 ‘rainbow fentanyl’ pills seized in the Bronx

New York’s division of the DEA claims roughly $9 million in manufactured drugs.

New York’s largest fentanyl raid in history sees nearly $9 million seized.


New York’s largest fentanyl raid in history sees nearly $9 million seized.

Matty Hauth, Copy Editor

On Thursday morning, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced the seizure of roughly 300,000 “fentapills” and 20 lbs. of fentanyl powder during a raid in the Bronx, New York.

These pills are manufactured to appear similar to popular painkillers – such as Xanax or Percocet – and are sold on the streets for a large profit.

Fentanyl is estimated to be 50 to 100 times stronger than other dangerous drugs, such as morphine. Due to this, and the low cost to actually acquire this powder, it has become increasingly popular across the country, with agents of the DEA reporting seizures in 18 states.

Based on the amount of pills and fentanyl powder present, the DEA claims the total street cost would have been  roughly $9 million, and could have led to nearly 850,000 potential New York deaths. This was New York’s largest fentanyl raid to date.

Two individuals, Erickson Lorenzo and Jefry Rodriguez-Pichardo, were arrested in the raid.

On Saturday, both Lorenzo and Rodriguez-Pichardo were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally using drug paraphernalia,  along with criminal possession of a weapon following the discovery of a Tec-9 semi-automatic weapon.

With drug overdoses reaching all-time high levels in the U.S., these “fentapill” raids are becoming increasingly important for the safety of the country.