Nice to see the supply line of Afghan poppy paste is moving well trough Italy to the US once again .
Dozens in Chicago gang charged with marketing drug touted as deadly.This was done to get the fentanyl out of the heroin . How are going to get new addicts if they keep dying.
RAIDS NET 'BRANDED ' HEROIN
CHICAGO- Federal prosecutors charged more than three dozen members of a Chicago street gang with running a drug ring that sold crack cocaine , marijuana , heroin and the potencially lethal pain killer fentanyl .
Fentanyl-laced heroin has been blamed for more than 200 overdose related deaths across the eastern half of the country in recent months , at least 70 in the Chicago area.
But while much of the fentanyl seized was packaged for individual use , none of the seized heroin was found to be mixed with fentanyl , authourities said. The legally produced pain killer is 80 times stronger than morphine .
Assistant US Attorney Gary Shapiro said the Mickey Cobras gang marketed its drugs to take advantage of the deadly heroin's notoriety , selling products with names such as " Max Pain, " " Lethal Injection," " Fear Factor," "Drop Dead," and "Final Call".
"They carry niche marketing to its extreme ." Shapiro said. " They sell branded heroin."
In a series of raids Wednesday , agents sezied more than 100 kilos of heroin , five firearms , four vehicles and a undetermined amount of cash , according to the DEA . More than 400 federal and local officers were involved. By Tara Burghart The AP.
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