FLORIDA police say they have found enough fentanyl to kill as many as 481,000 people during a “drug house” raid.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office made the discovery of 916 grams of fentanyl while they executed a search warrant in a Palm Coast home on Tuesday.
Police also found used hypodermic syringes, spoons with powdery residue, a glass vial, and metal grinder inside, and multiple plastic bags with residue[/caption]
In the home’s kitchen, they allegedly found a plastic baggie containing 510 grams of fentanyl as well as a plastic jar labeled “protein” that had 406 grams of fentanyl inside.
Brian Pirraglia, the owner of the home, and tenant Michael Connelly were arrested during the raid, as reported by First Coast News.
Pirraglia told police it was “protein” inside the jar and he didn’t know what was in the baggie, because it was a gift from a neighbor.
He denied drugs were sold from his home.
Brian Pirraglia, the owner of the home, and tenant Michael Connelly were arrested during the raid[/caption]
There was a plastic baggie containing 510 grams of fentanyl as well as a plastic jar labeled ‘protein’ that had 406 grams of fentanyl inside, allegedly.[/caption]
Police also found other drugs and paraphernalia inside the home.
As many as 41.2 grams of sulfamethoxazole and prescription narcotic trimethoprim were found inside 40-year-old Connelly’s bedroom.
Used hypodermic syringes, spoons with residue, a silicone pipe, and multiple glass containers with residue were also found.
In 39-year-old Pirraglia’s master bedroom police also found used hypodermic syringes, spoons with powdery residue, a glass vial and metal grinder inside, and multiple plastic bags with residue.
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“Between these two poison peddlers, they had enough fentanyl to kill 481,000 people, which is more than the population of Flagler and St. Johns County combined,” said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly.
Connelly and Pirraglia both have criminal records.
The shocking raid comes after news of comedian Kate Quigley’s fentanyl overdose at a party where three of her friends died.
The 39-year-old was found unresponsive by police inside a plush $1.8 million apartment she rents on the Venice Canals early Saturday morning.
Her family has said she is “stable” but isn’t lucid “for more than a moment at a time.”
Fentanyl is one of the most popular opioid drugs that can lead to addiction and dependence.
It is believed to be 50 times more powerful than heroin and manufacturers press the drug into pills to make them look legitimate, tricking unsuspecting victims.
Dealers have turned to fentanyl to keep their supply of drugs flowing throughout the pandemic.