DEA Warns Of ‘Rainbow Fentanyl’ Raining Over Open Border

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  •  The Director of the DEA’S Oregon-Idaho High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Chris Gibson, expressed concern that fentanyl will get into the hands of children who will mistake it for sidewalk chalk or candy, ingesting it and potentially overdosing on the potent drug.
  • Officials said the contents discovered are more potent than pressed fentanyl pills because of their purer form.
  • The DEA official explained the use of multi-colors for fentanyl drugs is a fresh marketing tactic to obtain young inexperienced users, arguing that it is coming directly from the U.S. southern border through drug trafficking organizations. Gibson and many others believe this will become a new trend seen on the streets in states like Portland and others, spreading throughout the entire country and getting into the hands of American youth. For example, in Monterey, California, authorities arrested individuals described as having “rainbow” fentanyl that looked like Lucky Charms cereal for kids.

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