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California man, 60, charged with possession of enough fentanyl to kill 12 MILLION

California man, 60, charged with possessing enough fentanyl to kill 12 MILLION people as police seize 24kg of powder and $250,000 worth of pills

  • Alfonso Gomez-Santana, 60, of Fullerton, was charged with three felonies after being caught with 24 pounds of fentanyl
  • He was also found in possession of $250,000 worth of fentanyl pills and 122 grams of methamphetamine
  • A lethal dose of fentanyl may be ‘as little as 2 milligrams,’ said the DA’s Office
  • He was detained by the California Highway Patrol on Wednesday and officers found four kilograms of the drug in his car and later searched his home.
  • He was taken to the Theo Lacy Facility on $3.01 million bail and faces up to six years and eight months in prison.

A California man was accused of possessing enough fentanyl to kill 12 million people.

Alfonso Gomez-Santana, 60, of Fullerton, was charged with one felony count of sale or transport of a controlled substance and two felony counts of possession of sale with intent to sell on Friday.

Santana was found with four pounds in his vehicle and 20 pounds in his home, as well as $250,000 worth of fentanyl pills and 122 grams of methamphetamine, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. pronunciation

A lethal dose of fentanyl can be “as little as 2 milligrams,” the DA’s Office said.

The suspected drug dealer was apprehended Wednesday near South Lemon Street and Orangethorpe Avenue by the California Highway Patrol and taken to the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange County on a $3.01 million bond.

If convicted, Santana could face six years and nine months in prison.

Alfonso Gomez-Santana, 60, of Fullerton, was found with 24 pounds of fentanyl and $250,000 worth of fentanyl pills and 122 grams of methamphetamine (pictured)

Alfonso Gomez-Santana, 60, of Fullerton, was found with 24 pounds of fentanyl and $250,000 worth of fentanyl pills and 122 grams of methamphetamine (pictured)

“It’s unscrupulous that someone who has the ability to kill 12 million people should only spend a handful of years in prison,” said District Attorney Todd Spitzer.

“Fentanyl is a national epidemic that killed more than 100,000 Americans last year and it won’t stop unless we have the resources as prosecutors to hold these drug dealers and drug manufacturers responsible for peddling the death.”

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Orange County District Attorney Todd Spritzer mocked the maximum sentence Santana could face six years and nine months in prison, saying:

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spritzer mocked the maximum sentence Santana could face six years and nine months in prison, saying: “It’s unscrupulous that someone who can kill 12 million people gets only a handful of years in prison.”

In 2020, nearly 4,000 Californians died from fentanyl-related deaths. Data for 2021 is not yet available.

Spitzer also warned parents to be careful with their children, saying they “should be petrified that one day they will walk into their child’s bedroom and find them dead because their child thought they were experimenting with recreational drugs.”

He did say he was trying to create panic, but that was the “reality” if “we don’t start with tougher penalties for drug dealers.”

In November, Orange County warned drug dealers, manufacturers and distributors that they could be charged with murder if someone died from one of their deals.

Santana is due to appear in court again on July 5.

Santana is currently housed in the Theo Lacy Facility on a $3.01 million bond

Santana is currently housed in the Theo Lacy Facility on a $3.01 million bond

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