PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The seizure of greater than 660,000 counterfeit Adderall capsules containing methamphetamine has led to costs towards one man, federal authorities in Rhode Island introduced Monday.
Dylan Rodas, 27, has agreed to plead responsible to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in reference to the seizure earlier this yr of the faux capsules with a road worth estimated at about $4.6 million, U.S. lawyer for Rhode Island Zachary Cunha stated at a information convention.
It’s believed to be the biggest seizure of methamphetamine-laced faux Adderall capsules within the U.S., in addition to among the many largest seizures of methamphetamine in DEA New England Subject Division historical past, he stated.
“The amount of methamphetamine represented by this seizure — methamphetamine that was packaged, prepped and able to move out onto the road to devastating impact on our communities — is staggering,” Cunha stated.
Adderall is a prescription treatment used primarily to deal with consideration deficit hyperactivity dysfunction.
The medicine have been seized throughout two court-authorized searches in Cumberland in March, he stated.
Authorities additionally discovered a bucket containing 40 kilos (18 kilograms) of meth combination prepped and able to be pressed into capsule type, two capsule presses that may manufacture about 5,000 capsules per hour every, $15,000 money and a number of handguns, together with two ghost weapons and two that had the serial numbers obliterated, he stated.
The investigation is ongoing.
Officers consider the methamphetamine originated in Mexico, in accordance with Brian Boyle, Particular Agent in Cost of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England workplace.
“With the efficiency of those faux capsules, it solely takes one capsule to smash your life,” he stated.
Beneath a plea settlement, authorities are looking for a 10-year jail sentence for Rodas.
His lawyer, John Calcagni III, stated in an e-mail that he had no instant remark.
The meth epidemic has not hit New England as exhausting as another elements of the nation, Cunha stated, however regulation enforcement wants to stay vigilant.
“The prosecution we introduced immediately, which entails the seizure of what I can solely time period industrial-scale portions of meth, is a stark reminder that we can’t be complacent, we can not deal with meth as an issue that occurs elsewhere,” he stated.