Fentanyl headed for Alabama seized in Kansas City enough to kill ‘thousands,’ police say – AL.com

The Kansas City Police Department said officers intercepted a brick of fentanyl that was headed for Alabama. (Kansas City Police Department)
Authorities in Missouri said they intercepted a fentanyl brick destined for Alabama that contained enough of the illegal drug to have killed thousands.
The Kansas City Police Department said the package of fentanyl was 6 inches by 6 inches and was seized by its Drug Enforcement Unit.
“Squad members estimate this brick would have been broken down into approximately 10,000 tablets resembling oxycodone,’’ according to social media posts by the KCPD.
Authorities said the markings indicated a shipping destination in Alabama, but they did not elaborate.
“Our DEU intercepts fentanyl or fentanyl-laced pills weekly,’’ the department posted. “It is a dangerous and growing issue nationwide.”
At least one person was charged in Jackson County, MO. No additional information was immediately available.
Deaths from drug overdoses soared in Jefferson County, Al. last year, with an average of more than one person per day dying.
According to Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates, 400 people died of overdoses in 2021, an increase of one-third over the previous record of 302 in 2020.
Fentanyl was the leading cause and was a factor in more than three-fourths of the deaths. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid found in many other illegal drugs. Many of those who died from overdoses had multiple drugs in their systems.
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