A Florida man has been arrested with enough fentanyl to kill more than 4,000 people during a traffic stop on Monday.
According to Collier County Sheriff, deputies arrested the 20-year-old Refugio Garcia Jr. of Naples, and charged him with fentanyl trafficking, possession of cocaine, possession of amphetamine, fleeing and eluding, and driving without a license.
“With this arrest, our hardworking and committed deputies are continuing to send a message that deadly drugs like fentanyl and those who traffic it won’t be tolerated in our community,’’ Sheriff Kevin Rambosk said. “And Collier County is safer because of it.”
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Deputies were patrolling the area of Airport-Pulling Road and Tiburon Drive around 12:30 a.m. when they observed a white passenger car speeding north on Airport. Deputies clocked the vehicle’s speed at 65 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop but Garcia sped up and continued north on Airport.
Garcia led deputies on a brief pursuit before crashing into a median as he tried to make a right turn onto Immokalee Road. Deputies took him into custody.
A search of his vehicle turned up 8.7 grams of fentanyl, enough to kill 4,350 people. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says 1 kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people.
Deputies also found cocaine, amphetamines, and more than $2,500 cash inside the vehicle.