NEW YORK -- How much worse is fentanyl than heroin? So dangerous, a Lakewood, Colorado man saw his bail doubled, after lab tests confirmed the drug seized during his arrest was fentanyl rather than heroin.
Authorities in Manhattan say they arrested and charged Carlos Ramirez on June 19 with possessing millions of doses of the powerful synthetic opioid.
According to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, agents found 17 packages of the drug in a duffel bag on top of a hotel vending machine. The wrapping on one package was punctured and officers could see a powdery substance resembling heroin inside.
But this was not heroin. According to DEA officials, fentanyl is about 50 times more powerful than heroin and is often mixed into drugs distributed throughout the nation.
“A fatal dose of fentanyl is only two to three milligrams," DEA Special Agent in Charge James Hunt said.