LIVINGSTON — It was less than a month ago that Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a man and seized over three pounds of fentanyl during a drug bust in Albany. It was one of the largest fentanyl busts in the parish, and it involved a drug that wasn’t on law enforcement radar five years ago.

“Within the last two years, it’s really picked up,” said Cody Jarreau, a sergeant with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics division. “We’re starting to see it in everything.”

While three pounds may not sound like a lot, when it comes to fentanyl, as little as a milligram can be deadly, Jarreau said.

“It’s definitely a win for us to get a large-level distributor like that off the streets,” Jarreau said. “And do we believe there’s more? Yes. We’re working diligently every day, day in and day out, to try to make bigger or equal seizures.”

LPSO and other agencies across south Louisiana are not just seeing straight fentanyl. They’re seeing other drugs laced with the deadly opioid. Drugs like marijuana or even vapes can be infused with fentanyl and have deadly consequences.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that’s 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. It is now the leading contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the United States.

“Fentanyl is the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered,” said DEA administrator Anne Milgram. “Fentanyl is everywhere. From large metropolitan areas to rural America, no community is safe from this poison.”


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