Fullerton Man has enough fentanyl to kill 12 million people – NBC Los Angeles
A Fullerton man has been charged with felonies for possessing enough fentanyl to kill 12 million people.
California Highway Patrol officers arrested Alfonso Gomez-Santana, a 60-year-old suspected drug trafficker, on Wednesday after finding four pounds of fentanyl in his car during a traffic stop.
Officers discovered an additional 20 pounds of fentanyl, $250,000 in fentanyl pills and 122 grams of methamphetamine during the search of his Fullerton home.
Two milligrams of fentanyl can be deadly.
Gomez-Santana was charged with one count of selling or transporting a controlled substance and two counts of selling possession with intent to sell.
He could face a maximum sentence of six years and eight months in prison.
“It’s unconscionable that someone who has the capacity to kill 12 million people is only facing a few years in prison,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said.
Last year, drug-related overdose deaths topped 100,000 a year for the first time, driven by fentanyl, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Spitzer said prosecutors must hold drug dealers and manufacturers accountable to stop the upward trend.
“Every parent in America should be petrified that one day they are going to walk into their child’s room and find him dead because his child thought they were experimenting with recreational drugs, and instead the traffickers drug dealers sold them a lethal dose of fentanyl,” Spitzer said. . “It’s not fear, it’s reality – and if we don’t start tougher penalties for drug dealers, it will be reality for you or someone you love.”