Kenosha Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit has seized 15.3 grams of “straight fentanyl”, along with other illicit drugs during a traffic stop it conducted Monday, according to Lt. Joseph Nosalik, the department’s spokesperson.
Nosalik said one person was arrested at 11:30 a.m. in connection with the incident, but has yet to be charged. The seizure was among others the investigations unit has been conducting into fentanyl sources within the city.
Investigators also recovered 6.8 grams of crack cocaine and marijuana during the Monday traffic stop. The fentanyl recovered in the traffic stop had yet to be mixed with another drug and was a “shocking” amount, according to authorities. No additional details on the incident was available.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid similar to morphine but as much as 50 to 100 times more potent, according to the National Institutes of Health. The synthetic opioid has often been used by drug dealers to mix with other illict drugs, such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine due to its potency.
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Last year, 40 of the 53 toxicity deaths in Kenosha County involved the presence of fentanyl or a fentanyl analog, according to Medical Examiner’s Office data. In recent days, the Medical Examiner’s office has responded to three suspected overdose deaths, which occurred east of Interstate 94.
It is not yet known whether the fatal overdoses involved fentanyl, however.
Police encourage anyone with information on those trafficking the drugs to contact the department at 262-605-5203.
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