A resident found a small bag of pills at the Two Rivers village playground in Dotsero on Wednesday that local authorities said may contain an extremely potent and potentially deadly opiate called Fentanyl.
The Dotsero resident reported the incident to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office just before noon Wednesday, according to a news release released Thursday.
The pills were found in a small Ziplock bag with the number “210” printed in bold black across the front of the bag.
It contained eight tablets with markings similar to those printed on “Oxycodone Hydrochloride” tablets, according to the release. Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever.
The tablets are stamped with a square with an “M” on one side and a “30” with a line below on the other side. The markings are similar to blue “M30” pills which look like oxycodone but can be mixed with fentanyl, according to the press release.
This led sheriff’s deputies to suspect the pills might contain fentanyl. The Gore Range Narcotics Interdiction Team, Eagle County Drug Task Force, has been working to secure the evidence and plans to send the pills to a lab for analysis.
Fentanyl is a highly lethal synthetic opioid that is “often manufactured in clandestine labs and sold on the black market,” the statement said. The drug is 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine, which means it is also highly addictive.
The substance is often added to counterfeit drugs, sometimes without the knowledge of the user, according to the statement.
“We would like to remind the community that any type of medicine left unattended or found could have life-threatening consequences, especially when discovered by children or people who may attempt to ingest it,” a representative said. from the sheriff’s office in the release. . “We are grateful to the member of the community who contacted us and we hope that whenever an unknown substance is discovered, it will be reported to local authorities.”
Anyone with information about the pills, their origin, potential suspects, or this type of activity can call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 328-8500. To remain anonymous, call Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007 or 1-800-972-TIPS. You can also submit your tip online at http://www.p3tips.com or send a mobile tip using the free “P3 Tips” mobile app.