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Thursday, September 30, 2021

High-Paid Informant Led DEA To Suburban Fentanyl Bust In Nationwide Narcotics Sting

"Sol Prendido" for Borderland Beat

It’s part of an effort targeting Mexican cartels selling counterfeit OxyContin, Xanax and other drugs that actually contain the deadly synthetic opioid, which the DEA chief called a national emergency.

Bricks of fentanyl seized Sept. 20 by the DEA in Countryside.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration brought out a heavy hitter — an informant paid more than $1.9 million over the past two decades for his tips — to help agents seize more than seven kilograms of deadly fentanyl from a man in the south suburbs during a nationwide narcotics sting.

Hector Bayardo’s arrest Sept. 20 in a Walmart parking lot in Countryside came after the informant brokered a deal for Bayardo to sell the drugs, a DEA agent said in a court affidavit.

The deal was for “six Tecate beers” — which was code for six kilograms of heroin, the agent wrote.

When the DEA tested the drugs, they discovered they actually had fentanyl, a synthetic opioid at least 30 times more potent than heroin, according to the affidavit.

The court filing said Bayardo told agents he was being paid $2,000 to deliver the drugs, which were to be sold for $35,000 per kilogram.

Bayardo was one of 22 people arrested in stings in the DEA’s Chicago field division, which includes Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. They were part of nationwide DEA operation against Mexican drug cartels that sell heroin, fentanyl and counterfeit OxyContin and Xanax pills containing fentanyl. More than 800 people were arrested nationally in the operation.

Earlier this week, the DEA launched a campaign called “One pill can kill” to warn the public of a sharp rise in the sale of such fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills, most which authorities say are manufactured by drug cartels in Mexico using chemicals shipped from China.

Between Aug. 3 and Tuesday, the DEA carried out a series of investigations targeting fentanyl trafficking operations. The DEA’s Chicago field division seized 77,000 counterfeit pills containing fentanyl in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana during that period, and about 4,000 of them were confiscated in the Chicago area, officials say.

More than 24 kilograms of fentanyl — including raw fentanyl and fentanyl in pill form — were seized in the three-state area, including 10.5 kilograms in the Chicago area.

About 1.8 million counterfeit pills were seized across the country along with more than 700 kilograms of fentanyl powder.

“Many of these investigations began as a result of overdose deaths,” DEA administrator Anne Milgram said at a news conference Thursday in Washington, calling the proliferation of fentanyl a “national emergency.”

Last year, more than 900 people in Chicago died of overdoses from synthetic opioids like fentanyl, according to authorities, who say an amount of the drug as small as the tip of a pen can be fatal.

Robert Bell, special agent in charge of the DEA’s Chicago field division, said in a written statement the sting “holds cartels and local drug distributors accountable for the devastation they have inflicted.”

Chicago Sun Times

13 comments:

  1. good news Sol, over 90,000 dead last year of overdoses in USA. When we talk of 50,000 dead in Mexico in Cartel News, we understand the war in Mexico, is about deaths in USA. Watch Lazo Cardenas, Mazanillo, etc. Don't tell me that China can't prevent this. I do believe these psychos encourage it. Fuck China syndicates, Mexican pill presses, those pushers, etc. Fentnayl, and those more powerful, is nothing but knock out drugs at the least and death at the worst. Must stop the Chinese precursors to partially solve the epidemic. If not, the overdoses, murders only get worse through time. With our dysfunctional government, it is up to us, the common man, to take action to stop this scourge for children and grandchildren. Their innocence is paramount to their future exposure to these evils and healthy behvaviors. It's up to us, expose and delete

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    1. Mr. Guerrero
      Sol brings us the news from Mexico, from Spanish to English, without him, Hearst we would be in the dark. You seem to think Sol makes up the news.
      Precursor chemicals yes do come from China into Mexico ports of of entry, by cargo ship, not to the US, so you see now the government has been for a long time, letting shipments come in.
      I don't know where you got 90,000 drug users died in USA last year?
      But that shows you, drugs keep coming to USA illegally. Yes the families should sue the Mexican government of Obrador, for freely letting drugs into the USA, as much as they want to sue the US gun manufacturer. So do you dig what I mean?
      Viva Mexico
      Viva Argentina

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    2. You are saying 90,000 died in US to overdose=equals self inflicted death.
      Then you mentioned 50,000 died in Mexico but to what? Overdose or Homicides? A little vague on that side.

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    3. Yooooooo yoooooo respect to The MACHINE...
      Keep the conversation alive. That's what allows for a chance and hope at REAL CHANGE ..

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  2. Sorry, we don't have a forum just yet, so I post these articles in there pertinent posts - Parro

    NATIONAL SECURITY

    More Than 800 People Have Been Arrested As The DOJ Clamps Down On Fake Pills

    Updated September 30, 20215:55 PM ET
    Heard on All Things Considered

    Counterfeit pills are designed to look like regular prescription drugs, according to Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco. Here are counterfeit 30 milligram oxycodone tablets.

    U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

    The Justice Department is combating a surge in counterfeit pills that can cause deadly drug overdoses, an effort that in the past two months has led to the arrest of more than 800 people, 60 search warrants and 1.8 million recovered counterfeit pills laced with enough fentanyl to kill 700,000 Americans.

    "We are here to let the American people know that one pill can kill," Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said at a news conference Thursday in Washington, D.C.

    The DEA Is Warning Of A Rise In Overdose Deaths From Fake Drugs Laced With Fentanyl

    The DEA Is Warning Of A Rise In Overdose Deaths From Fake Drugs Laced With Fentanyl

    Monaco said the counterfeit pills are designed to look like regular prescription drugs — Vicodin, Percocet, Xanax or other medicines. The Justice Department said the pills are mass produced in Mexico before making their way to the U.S. to be sold online or on the streets.

    "From small towns to suburbs to rural counties, no place is immune," Monaco said.

    The DEA chief says the counterfeit pills represent a national emergency

    Many of the ongoing investigations into drug trafficking and weapons offenses started with overdose deaths. New Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Anne Milgram said at least nine overdose deaths are being investigated.

    "We want to do everything we can to stop the next overdose from happening," Milgram said.

    Milgram talked with Mexico's attorney general this week. She told him the U.S. is in crisis and asked for his help, including honoring extradition requests and giving the DEA access to "illicit financing information and other critical evidence we need when we conduct investigation into organized crime," Milgram said.

    The DEA chief said a significant number of her investigations involve sales on sites such as Snapchat and Instagram. Asked whether the technology companies are doing enough, she said: "There's no question in my mind that those sites need to do more. If we know that there's drug dealing happening on their sites every single day, they know that, too."

    Milgram said the counterfeit pills represent a national emergency, and this is just the start of the DEA response.

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  3. Good work 👍 our tax dollars at work.

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  4. instead of prison, give the dealers a mouthful of pills

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  5. These stupid blue pills are causing a lot of misery at the homeless shelter I work in. We have to do chest compressions/narcan on them till the fire department shows up. In 2017 these pills clients were paying $20 - $30 each. Now they pay $10 or "$5 if you know someone". They say the really potent ones smell like popcorn when you smoke them. When there is a cluster of ODs, they all get excited to buy them cuz they know a stronger batch is in town. Lots and lots of ODs on these stupid pills. They call them "Blues" and "Street percs".

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  6. If you know the pills are fake, then no Narcan is needed.

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    1. THe pills are fake because they are made in bathtub labs, not by pharmaceutical companies.

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    2. The fake pills are not placebos, they are fentanyl. And Phoenix is absolutely flooded with them.

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