LUBBOCK, Texas (KXAN) — Several people were arrested in Lubbock after federal agents conducted search warrants in a major drug bust, according to KBLK.
The agents apprehended one woman and two men for possession of the drug Fentanyl, which Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens told KBLK is “much bigger than methamphetamine.” The apartment complex where the drugs were found on 4th Street is now being called a decontamination site as crews clean up the area.
The Drug Enforcement Administration says Fentanyl use is a growing problem across the country. KBLK reported the drug was being shipped from China directly to Lubbock.
Fentanyl, a schedule II narcotic, is used for pain control and anesthesia. In large or concentrated doses, it suppresses the respiratory system and causes death.
In Austin, a Fentanyl dealer was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his role in the deaths of two people. In May 2016, Sylvester Orlowski, 27, sold Fentanyl to Clayton Wimberley, 26, and Anthony Zane Paduano, 25, both graduates of Westlake, leading to their deaths.
Nationally, a medical examiner ruled the cause of musician Prince’s death was due to an accidental Fentanyl overdose.