DEA finds fake oxycodone pills in Las Vegas laced with fentanyl

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Published: Feb. 19, 2021 at 9:25 PM PST
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Federal authorities say about 50,000 counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl were seized this week during the arrests of three people in the Las Vegas area.

A Drug Enforcement Administration statement didn’t identify the three “non-U.S. citizens” arrested Wednesday by DEA agents and North Las Vegas police on conspiracy and drug trafficking charges.

A DEA photo showed blue pills that look like 30-milligram capsules of oxycodone, marked with variations of “M-30.”

The DEA says Las Vegas has experienced nearly a 31% increase in overdose and other drug-related deaths from 2019 to 2020, and deaths involving fentanyl almost doubled.

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