The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office says they arrested a 33-year-old man for having over 1,000 fake oxycodone pills. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Anthony Allen Wong was wanted for violating his probation and was pulled over on August 12 near the 1800 block of Shepherd Drive in Paso Robles.
Deputies say Wong is a known drug dealer and was suspected to be selling drugs while on probation. Detectives searched Wong’s vehicle and found over 1,000 fake oxycodone blue pills that later tested positive for Fentanyl and Acetaminophen. The street value of what was recovered from Wong is said to be worth between $5,000 and $10,000 according to news report.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a prescription drug that is also made and used illegally. The illegally used fentanyl most often associated with recent overdoses is made in labs. This synthetic fentanyl is sold illegally as a powder, dropped onto blotter paper, put in eye droppers and nasal sprays, or made into pills that look like other prescription opioids.
Some drug dealers are mixing fentanyl with other drugs. This is because it takes very little to produce a high with fentanyl, making it a cheaper option. This is especially risky when people taking drugs don’t realize they might contain fentanyl as a cheap but dangerous additive. They might be taking stronger opioids than their bodies are used to and can be more likely to overdose.