After a recent drug bust in Flint police are warning of a new, potentially deadly, heroin mixture laced with fentanyl.
"It's a lethal cocktail,â?? said David Leyton, Genesee County Prosecutor.
"It's a very dangerous mixture. It can potentially be fatal,â?? said D/F/Lt.Patrick Richard, FANG Commander.
This month the Flint Area Narcotics Group seized 25 grams of heroin. After testing, they discovered it was laced with the narcotic, typically given to end-stage cancer patients.
"With fentanyl being laced into the heroin now is a really good time for heroin users to really consider what they're facing out there,â?? said Leyton.
This heroin/fentanyl mixture is being attributed to deaths across the nation.
"You're not only facing the addiction. Now, you're facing death,â?? said Leyton.
There have been at least 80 deaths this year on the east coast from this laced heroin. A few weeks ago Flint Police Chief James Tolbert warned of four heroin deaths locally, he believes are from the fentanyl mixture. Police are still waiting on results from the autopsies to confirm that.
Meanwhile, one person is in police custody in connection with FANG's recent bust.
"We do not negotiate pleas on heroin. If you're charged with a heroin crime, you're going to plea to that charge, you're going to go to trial. We're doing everything we can to try and alleviate the increased use of heroin,â?? said Leyton.
FANG's commander believes the heroin fentanyl mixture is coming to Flint from the Detroit-area.
Along with FANG's bust in Flint, two other busts in Lapeer County and Sanilac County also recently tested positive for fentanyl.
In the past year police have seen more heroin on the streets in Flint, but they're also taking it off the streets.
Last year they seized nearly 800 grams of heroin, compared with 500 grams in 2012.