Columbus detectives testify that rainbow fentanyl was found in the Reynoldsburg vaults.

Detectives testified that they found 19 kilograms of purple fentanyl in a warehouse in Reynoldsburg.

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio. Columbus Police Department detectives testified in court on Tuesday that they found rainbow fentanyl in central Ohio during a recent arrest.

19kg of fentanyl were found in warehouses in Reynoldsburg as well as the home of three suspects earlier this month, Raymond Martinez-Mez, Jessica Delacruz Toscano and Ivan Torrese, some of which were in purple pill form.

The colored pills used and distributed by drug cartels are easily mistaken for candy.

Three suspects appeared in court on Tuesday after law enforcement found almost 42 pounds of drugs and weapons in two different vaults in Reynoldsburg, as well as at the suspects’ home just a few miles away.

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Silvia Trujillo, the store’s manager, said it was a scary encounter that could have been deadly.

“It’s a little scary, I’m not going to lie, to know that this happened here and this is not someone’s home, this is our business,” Trujillo said. “It’s about knowing the amount.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration said that a massive amount of the drug could wipe out an entire community.

“What was seized in this investigation has the potential to kill nine and a half million people,” said Orville Green, the special agent in charge of the Detroit District Attorney’s field office.

Greene says fentanyl is commonly sold as counterfeit prescription pills, and half a million pills can be made from every kilogram. He says the DEA is working with state and local federal partners to identify and capture these networks as quickly as possible.

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“Unfortunately, these seizures are now becoming the norm,” shared Green.

Greene explained that the colored pills are not made specifically for kids, but the main problem is that kids might mistake drugs for candy and college students might mistake them for Adderall.

In Ohio alone, nearly 200,000 pills and more than 10 million lethal doses of fentanyl have been seized this year alone.

According to Green, the best thing you can do is educate your kids about the dangers of taking pills that aren’t prescribed by a doctor.

For more information, visit the DEA website.

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