The arrested men had enough fentanyl to kill 250,000 people; local counties crack down on drugs


STANLY COUNTY, NC (WBTV) — Two men were arrested over the weekend after they were found in possession of enough uncut fentanyl to potentially kill 250,000 people.

Luis Angel Ventura Castro, 21, and Omar Garcia Luna, 20, were arrested following a joint operation between the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office and the Norwood Police Department.

The two men were in possession of 517 grams of the substance, with a street value of $258,000.

Both Castro and Luna are charged with two counts of Opium Trafficking Level 3, Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell or Deliver Opium, Servicing a Vehicle for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They are currently being held in Stanly County Jail on $1 million bail and are due in court Oct. 24.

There were also other departments to announce arrests for drug offenses on Wednesday:

Gastonia Police Department

The Gastonia Police Department says officers arrested a 29-year-old man after responding to reports of gunfire in the May Street area.

Inside the man’s apartment, police say they found more than $34,000 in cash, three handguns, one of which was allegedly stolen, 150 suspected fentanyl pills, 10 grams of suspected fentanyl powder , 13 suspected MDMA/fentanyl pills, 250 grams of suspected marijuana, 3.5 grams of suspected cocaine, a total of 268 cartridges consisting of a mix of handgun, rifle and shotgun cartridges, and of tactical style body armor.

Chester County Sheriff’s Department

In collaboration with the ATF, the Chester County Sheriff’s Office says they were able to recover several illegal drugs and firearms on Myrtle Avenue. Officials say their investigation began last month.

Andrew Jimar Mack has been arrested and charged with distributing devices known as “Glock switches”, which deputies say convert standard Glock firearms into fully automatic weapons.

He also faces the following charges including trafficking crack cocaine, methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl pills.

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