According to WDRB in Louisville, Kentucky, detectives with the Major Crimes Unit in the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) prevented the delivery of 20,000 counterfeit Xanax pills made with fentanyl before they could be sold on the city’s streets. When police stopped a van from Miami, it was LMPD K-9 Franklin who alerted the police to the presence of the drug.
Wave 3 News reported that the LMPD refer to this type of vehicle as a “trap car.” Hidden in what should have been the hold for the spare tire were the pills inside bottles wrapped in plastic bags. The police estimated the street value of these pills to be at least $200,000. Police arrested two individuals, but have not released their names because of an ongoing federal investigation. LMPD posted several images from the bust to their Facebook account.
Since 2015, Kentucky is one of the 46 states in which PSM has documented counterfeit pills containing fentanyl having been found. The Bluegrass State is also one of 29 states in which a resident has died after taking a fake fentanyl pill. If you would like to read about other incidents in this state, please read PSM’s 2018 Kentucky Infosheet.