PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The seizure of far more than 660,000 counterfeit Adderall drugs that contains methamphetamine has led to expenses versus one particular man, federal authorities in Rhode Island announced Monday.
Dylan Rodas, 27, has agreed to plead guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine in link with the seizure earlier this calendar year of the pretend supplements with a avenue worth estimated at about $4.6 million, U.S. attorney for Rhode Island Zachary Cunha explained at a news convention.
It is believed to be the greatest seizure of methamphetamine-laced pretend Adderall supplements in the U.S., as properly as among the most significant seizures of methamphetamine in DEA New England Field Division historical past, he explained.
“The amount of methamphetamine represented by this seizure — methamphetamine that was packaged, prepped and prepared to circulation out onto the avenue to devastating result on our communities — is staggering,” Cunha said.
Adderall is a prescription medicine used largely to treat focus deficit hyperactivity condition.
The medications were being seized for the duration of two court docket-approved searches in Cumberland in March, he explained.
Authorities also found a bucket containing 40 lbs . (18 kilograms) of meth combination prepped and prepared to be pressed into tablet kind, two tablet presses that can manufacture about 5,000 drugs per hour just about every, $15,000 money and several handguns, together with two ghost guns and two that experienced the serial quantities obliterated, he claimed.
The investigation is ongoing.
Officers believe that the methamphetamine originated in Mexico, according to Brian Boyle, Specific Agent in Demand of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England place of work.
“With the efficiency of these faux supplements, it only takes a person pill to damage your life,” he said.
Underneath a plea agreement, authorities are trying to get a 10-year jail sentence for Rodas.
His attorney, John Calcagni III, claimed in an electronic mail that he had no speedy comment.
The meth epidemic has not hit New England as hard as some other components of the place, Cunha claimed, but regulation enforcement demands to remain vigilant.
“The prosecution we announced these days, which involves the seizure of what I can only phrase industrial-scale portions of meth, is a stark reminder that we can not be complacent, we cannot address meth as a challenge that happens in other places,” he claimed.