$1M-$2M worth of fentanyl found in SUV in Broward County

Posted at 2:44 PM, Jun 17, 2019

An investigation into a drug trafficking organization resulted in the discovery of between $1 million and $2 million dollars' worth of fentanyl in an SUV parked in a South Florida hospital parking lot, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

The rental vehicle was left in the parking garage of Broward Health North on East Sample Road, BSO said.

Detectives and the Drug Enforcement Administration discovered the dangerous drug inside a duffel bag under the floorboard of the vehicle's trunk, according to BSO.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Synthetic opioids are now the most common drugs involved in drug overdose deaths in the U.S., according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The drugs weighed more than 9 kilograms and experts are trying to determine the potency of the fentanyl, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

BSO said its organized crime division and the DEA are continuing to investigate.