Durham County Sheriff’s Office cops arrested Karen Garcia Euceda after she was found in possession of two kilograms of synthetic opioid fentanyl while her four-year-old daughter was also in the car.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the amount of fentanyl she had is enough to kill one million people. The DEA also said that fentanyl is “similar to morphine but about 100 times more potent.”
Euceda, 24, was arrested in Durham, North Carolina on May 25. Her child was placed in the custody of a relative.
Euceda has now been charged with two counts of trafficking and misdemeanor child abuse. She is currently being held on a $100,000 secured bond at the Durham County Detention Center.
Fentanyl is a prescription drug that is also made and used illegally. Just one kilogram has the potential to kill 500,000 people.
The CDC reports that opioids, mainly synthetic opioids (other than methadone), are currently the main driver of drug overdose deaths. A whopping 72.9 percent of opioid-involved overdose deaths involve synthetic opioids.
According to reports, Customs and Border Protection has already seized more fentanyl in 2021 than the entirety of 2020.
As of April, a total of 6,494 pounds of fentanyl was confiscated by authorities at the border. This is nearly 2,000 more than the whole year of 2020 when 4,776 pounds was seized.
Dr. Darien Sutton, an emergency medicine physician based in Los Angeles told ABC News, “People don’t realize how dangerous it is. When you talk about that amount, how many communities and people that will affect and how many deaths that will be associated with (more than 6,000 pounds of fentanyl) you can’t even comprehend it just because it’s not fathomable.”
Dr. Sutton also explained how he administers the drug in its prescription form. He prescribes it in micrograms, saying that a 6,000-pound seizure is incomprehensible.
Additionally, methamphetamine confiscations are already reaching 2020 figures. So far this year, 105,032 pounds of methamphetamine have been seized. In all of 2020, there were just over 177,000 pounds of meth seized.