A group of seven people in South Carolina faces serious criminal charges after more than 4 kilograms of fentanyl were reportedly found in their possession. Police also claim to have found several firearms and large amounts of cash at raid locations in Rock Hill, Fort Mill and York County.
The commander of the York County Drug Enforcement Unit explains that the drug crimes charges come after a thorough investigation into a criminal organization suspected of manufacturing and distributing fentanyl pills. The York County Sheriff’s Office was joined in the raids by the Fort Mill Police Department, Rock Hill Police Department, agents from the FBI and members of the DEA.
The Centers for Disease Control explains that fentanyl is a synthetic opioid type drug that is as much as 100 times more powerful than morphine. Fentanyl is responsible for numerous drug overdose fatalities throughout the United States.
The Commander of York County DEU says the 4.5 kilograms of fentanyl found in the raids represent one of the largest drug seizures in the history of the county. Two presses allegedly used by the group to make the pills, seven illegal guns and more than $20,000 in cash were also seized in the raids. Law enforcement officials believe that a targeted location in Fort Mills served as the lab used to produce the fentanyl pills.
Three of the seven members of the group face charges of possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute. Each of the three individuals was arrested and taken to the Moss Justice Center Jail. No bail is available to them. The other members of the group face drug and weapon charges that do not include distribution.
Individuals accused of serious criminal offenses might find it easier to protect themselves from the potential loss of liberty and damage to their reputation if a capable advocate fights on their behalf. Defendants in a criminal case may find the help they need by consulting with a defense attorney.