Dealers working to enhance and market their product mix the colored fentanyl with products like cocaine and heroin.

“The Cat In The Hat” Two Florida Men Busted For Trafficking Purple Fentanyl

38-year-old Shain Gordon Shaw and 25-year-old Jacob Elijah Groover

Two Florida men were arrested on Tuesday after a sheriff’s office busted the pair getting off the ‘wrong exit’.

“Now we want parents to pay close attention to the cat with the hat. Because he was working to poison our streets with purple-colored Fentanyl. It’s something our Special Investigations Division has been working around the clock to prevent. They worked this case for more than a month— and did just that,” said Martin County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s safe to assume that 38-year-old Shain Gordon Shaw had his hat on too tight to think that he could move that deadly purple-colored substance into Martin County without our narcotics detectives intercepting it, ” said MCSO.

According to investigators, the duo traveled from Palm Beach County with nearly 15 grams of purple fentanyl and 57.1 grams of cocaine.

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“They had no idea that their trip from Palm Beach County into our area to sell the drugs would cause such a fuss,” said MCSO.

According to MCSO, dealers working to enhance and market their product, mix the colored fentanyl with products like cocaine and heroin.

Two Florida men were arrested on Tuesday after a sheriff's office busted the pair getting off the 'wrong exit'.

The pair was booked into the Martin County Jail on trafficking charges with combined bonds of nearly $1,000,000.

Deputies say on top of the drugs, a stolen loaded firearm, and thousands in cash were also seized.

Earlier this week, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody Warned parents about the dangers of rainbow fentanyl ahead of Halloween.

Law enforcement agencies nationwide are seizing bright-colored fentanyl that resembles candy—some of these deadly drugs are being found in toy and candy boxes.

With Halloween around the corner, Attorney General Moody held a news conference in Tampa this week to spread the word about the danger rainbow fentanyl poses to kids and young adults.

An example of how much fentanyl it takes to be a deadly dose. – U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

“Halloween can be scary, but nowhere near as scary as rainbow-colored fentanyl that looks like candy and can be lethal in minute doses,” said Attorney General Ashley Moody. “Whether these drugs are being transported in candy boxes or mixed with other common drugs and sold to unsuspecting users, the threat posed to the safety of kids and young adults is very real. Just one pill laced with fentanyl can kill, so parents please talk to your children about the dangers posed by this extremely lethal drug.”

Fentanyl is a highly lethal synthetic opioid and just two milligrams can be deadly. In the last few months, law enforcement seized nearly 85 pounds of fentanyl in Florida, enough to kill everyone in 66 of Florida’s 67 counties.

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