BIG PHARM COMPETITION FOILED –
Feb. 12, 2021 – Federal, state and local law enforcement in Adams County announced on Friday the dismantling of a drug trafficking operation that has led to state-level indictments of 64 people, seizure of $931,000 in U.S, currency and 77,000 counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl, along with methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. The Denver DEA’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Strike Force directed the investigation in partnership with Arvada police.
Weiser referenced Colorado’s worsening opioid crisis, a key area of focus for him as attorney general, saying the people involved with the operation have contributed to overdoses and deaths.
Nearly 5,000 Coloradans have died in the past 20 years from prescription opioid overdoses, with more than 900 involving fentanyl, numbers Weiser said reflects the national crisis.
“We are losing more people to drug overdose than we lost in the Iraq War and the Vietnam War combined,” Weiser said. “This is happening year over year, and no other country in the world is this epidemic hitting the way it hits here.”