Dayton Dealers Busted with Enough Fentanyl to Kill Entire State of Ohio

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Stories like this seem to literally pop up every week. Since the drug crisis took off all those years ago, it became a daily chore to scroll through social media feeds just to see them clogged with “major drug busts” over here and “mass overdose situations” over there. Drug addiction has become such a normal part of our culture that we’ve had to adapt to the fact that it exists and start living with the fear that any of us can get addicted at any point in time. Americans must be hyper-vigilant about keeping drugs an arm’s length away. It only takes a perfect storm of having a rough time in life and having something happen where a person is faced with the choice to take a drug, and if they take it—boom!— they can become hooked just like that.

In reading this news story that just came out of Dayton, Ohio, I had two reactions. First, I wasn’t shocked and second, I wondered when I’ll be able to read the news or scroll through Facebook or Instagram and start seeing the opposite stories, like “drug abuse at an all-time low” or “fentanyl dries up along the east coast.” Instead, I’m forced to read one alarming story after another.

In Dayton, Ohio three men were arrested after a major drug bust yielded over 40 pounds of fentanyl, 1,500 grams of what is thought to be methamphetamine, 500 grams of suspected heroin, along with guns and a lot of cash. The Ohio AG Dave Yost, in cooperation with the Montgomery County Sheriff, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI, announced the bust that occurred at the end of October after a lengthy investigation by local and state law enforcement.

Sheriff Rob Streck said, “These illegal drugs ruin lives, destroy families, fuel violence, drive up property crime, and wreck neighborhoods. Anyone associated with it—especially those who sell and traffic it—are doing violence to people and causing harm in our communities.”

“Twenty-kilograms of fentanyl is enough to kill the entire population of Ohio, many times over…”

“Twenty-kilograms of fentanyl is enough to kill the entire population of Ohio, many times over,” said Vance Callender, Homeland Security Investigations special agent in charge for Michigan and Ohio.

Shamar Davis, 31, Anthony Franklin, 30, and Grady Jackson, 37, of Dayton, Ohio were arrested and taken into custody after the bust and all are facing charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute 400 or more grams of Fentanyl and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Thankfully these guys were taken off the street along with the massive quantity of narcotics they were hoping to sell to the Dayton community.

The interesting thing is, what would happen if, over time, the American public stopped wanting all these drugs? There’s a huge demand for them in our current society, thus the huge supply that keeps coming in to satisfy our unrelenting hunger for these substances. If we stop wanting it and stop buying it, the dealers and cartels will stop supplying it. It’s not that simple, but it is at the same time.

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Jason Good

Jason has been working in the field of addiction and recovery for over 10 years. Having been an addict himself he brings real-word experience to the table when helping addicts and their families, while also offering a first-person perspective to the current drug crisis. Jason is passionate about educating the public about what’s currently going on in our society, and thankfully, offers practical solutions. Jason is also the co-host of The Addiction Podcast—Point of No Return. You can follow Jason on Google+, Twitter, or connect with him on LinkedIn.