15,000 'rainbow fentanyl' pills found inside Lego container in New York, authorities say

A New Jersey woman has been arrested after authorities in New York discovered 15,000 pills of "rainbow fentanyl" stuck in a Lego box.
Drug enforcement agencies in New York State were investigating alleged drug trafficking on September 28 when they observed Latesha Bush, 48, of Trenton, New Jersey, carrying a black tote bag wrapped around a large object as she walked into Manhattan, the US drug boarded a vehicle, law enforcement officials said on Tuesday.
Officials said officers stopped the vehicle and found Bush in the back seat with two black tote bags and a Lego container. Inside the container, in addition to Lego bricks, were brick-shaped packages covered in black writing. Authorities said one of the packs had been partially opened, revealing the rainbow-colored pills.
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Preliminary tests showed the pills contained fentanyl. Further investigation revealed that Bush had arrived in a rental car from New Jersey and the pills were said to have come from Mexico, authorities said. The pills were imprinted with an "M" and "30" to resemble oxycodone pills.
The rainbow-colored fentanyl pills New York authorities found in a Lego container.
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Officials said it was the largest fentanyl bust in New York City to date. Bush was arrested and charged with first and third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both of which are felonies.
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"Rainbow fentanyl is a clear and present threat, and it's here in New York City," Frank Tarentino, the DEA's acting special agent, said in a statement.
"Rainbow fentanyl" has become a growing concern with law enforcement agencies across the country, who say the colourful, candy-looking synthetic opioid - which is much stronger than morphine - is targeting young people. Busts have been found in Arizona, Oregon, California and Washington, D.C. reported.
However, some health experts and toxicologists view the rise of rainbow-hued fentanyl with caution, noting that illicit drugs have displayed bright colors for decades.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rainbow Fentanyl Pills Found in Lego Box in New York City

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