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$1 million brick of fentanyl seized in Old Lyme


OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — State Police say they seized $1 million worth of fentanyl during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 near exit 70.

Troopers from Troop F in Westbrook and members of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force – East made the arrests of Gabri Darlin Javier-Delapaz of Providence and his passenger Alcides Rafael Gomez-Alba who allowed them to search the 2009 Honda Accord Wednesday at about 2:30 p.m.

“While they were speaking with the operator and the passenger of the vehicle they were able to determine that there were possibly illegal narcotics contained in the vehicle,” said Trooper Kelly Grant with the CT State Police.Related Content: Troopers seize one kilogram of Fentanyl after traffic stop on I-95 in Old Lyme

K-9 Hogan searched the car and alerted troopers to the drugs.

Courtesy: Connecticut State Police

The brick of fentanyl weighed one kilogram and had a hefty $1 million street value.

“Abject terror and I think everyone in the community ought to be just scared to death,” said Jack Malone, the President of SCADD, the Southeastern Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence.

We met him in Lebanon at a long term treatment facility where 80 percent of the men living there were heroin users.

“95 is a big problem for the state of Connecticut because that is the route that all kinds of illegal drugs happen,” said Malone.

Fentanyl is an additive making heroin even more deadly.

“This is not the first occasion and it won’t be the last and it will find it’s way into heroin that’s on our streets now and it’s enough of a problem,” said Malone.

State police call this seizure significant.

“You obviously don’t use one kilogram at one time so that could be cut many many many times and that could affect many many many lives,” said Trooper Grant.

Both Providence men were charged with possession of narcotics and possession of more than one ounce of narcotics with intent to sell.

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