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FDLE makes huge fentanyl bust, also Rainbow Fentanyl as colorful Halloween candy?

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In August 2022, the Drug Enforcement Administration and law enforcement partners seized brightly colored rainbow fentanyl pills in 18 states. Drug Enforcement Administration

(TALLAHASSEE, FLA) — At least 25 people are facing dozens of felony charges following a two-year investigation into fentanyl trafficking in Florida.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Mark Glass says 48 pounds of the deadly drug was seized, including 15-thousand fentanyl pills.

He says a gang ran an extensive operation from inside and outside prison walls, and had ties to Mexican drug cartels. State officials are warning about the possibility of the multicolored fentanyl pills being handed out as candy on Halloween.

The DEA says they identified a deliberate new marketing scheme by Mexican cartels and street dealers who want the pills to “look like candy to children and young people.”

“It looks like candy,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram told NBC News. “In fact, some of the drug traffickers have nicknamed it Sweet Tarts, Skittles.”

The DEA alert didn’t mention Halloween, but fears about “rainbow” fentanyl and the holiday went viral.

Also, the DEA also suggested cartels are coloring blocks of the drug so that it “resembles sidewalk chalk.”

sidewalk chalk
The Drug Enforcement Administration says rainbow fentanyl is being seized in multiple forms, including pills, powder and blocks that resemble the chalk kids use to color on sidewalks.
Multnomah County Sheriff/Drug Enforcement Administration

The DEA also issued an alert about bright-colored fentanyl smuggled in a box of LEGO toys that included a statement from New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell.

“Disguising fentanyl as candy — and concealing it in children’s toys — will never hide the fact that fentanyl is a deadly poison that harms our communities, our families, and our city,” Sewell said.

But the DEA alert acknowledges the pills appear to have been concealed in the toy box not to attract young people, but as a smuggling tactic meant “to deter law enforcement attention.”