Moab police bust two who intended to distribute fentanyl-laced oxycodone

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Posted at 10:49 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 12:49:19-05

MOAB, Utah — Two people were arrested in Moab Tuesday night and charged with the intent to distribute oxycodone laced with fentanyl.

The Moab City Police Department said the two subjects had pills marked with "M" on one side and "30" on the other, which would make them appear to be legitimate oxycodone pills.

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However, officials said the pills were counterfeit and contained fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine but up to 100 times more potent, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Police said the pills are not manufactured using the "same high tolerances as medical grade pills and have resulted in overdoses throughout the United States."

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The two people arrested were originally stopped in a traffic stop.