An Oklahoma City man was arrested after Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics investigators found nearly $250,000 worth of counterfeit oxycodone, OBN said.
Glenvert Lavell Jones Jr., 27, was arrested on July 7 on a complaint of distribution and trafficking of controlled substances.
The fake pills were reportedly laced with fentanyl. Fentanyl is a powerful and cheap drug that can be 100 to 1,000 times more potent than morphine or heroin.
“OBN’s Anti-Heroin Task Force has been investigating nearly two-dozen deaths over the past 15 months across the state tied to counterfeit oxycodone. During their investigation, Jones was identified by OBN agents as a major supplier of these fake pills laced with fentanyl. He was arrested last week after receiving and attempting to distribute a shipment of 7,900 fentanyl pills worth nearly a quarter-million dollars on the streets. Agents also seized nearly 1,000 Percocet tablets and a firearm from the defendant," OBN spokesman Mark Woodward said.
The fake pills are blue in color and stamped to look like 30 milligram oxycodone. This would make it hard for anyone to tell the difference side-by-side, Woodward said.
“While they resemble pharmaceutical-grade pills, these are mass-produced by criminal drug trafficking organizations and smuggled into the United States where they are sold on the streets by local dealers who have little knowledge about the drug’s potency. We are concerned because these pills are continuing to circulate in communities across Oklahoma and we could see additional overdose victims,” OBN Director Donnie Anderson said.
Since May 2020, OBN agents have arrested nine people who have been charged in connection with deaths from counterfeit oxycodone pills.