A Westover, Connecticut man is under arrest, and authorities there have uncovered a counterfeit Percocet factory in a barn that was producing enough carfentanil pills to kill half the population of Stamford, according to the Stamford Advocate.
On April 5, Stamford Police raided a barn and house in Westover, and found the pill production operation. They also arrested the man they found on the property, David Reichard. In a later Stamford Advocate report, Reichard is the only person that has been arraigned in this case. News12 reports that Reichard’s lawyer believes that Reichard was simply “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
The investigation began after an informant told police about the pill-pressing factory, according to the Stamford Advocate. The Stamford Daily Voice reports that investigators pulled three 200-400 pound pill-pressing machines from the barn next to the home, along with pill dyes and thousands of carfentanil pills pressed to look like Percocet.
Captain Richard Conklin, of the Stamford Police told the Stamford Daily Voice that in addition to narcotics charges against Reichard, he will probably not be the only one charged: "This is a very fluid case and we expect to see additional charges in the future."
Officials did not say exactly how much carfentanil was seized, but confirmed it is the largest carfentanil bust thus far discovered in Stamford.