DA: Record amount of fentanyl seized in Montgomery County

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DA: Record amount of fentanyl seized in Montco. Watch this report from Action News at 4:30pm on October 3, 2017.

Officials in Pennsylvania have announced a record seizure of the deadly drug fentanyl.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele was flanked by a cadre of law enforcement agents as he described the takedown on Tuesday.

The operation began in early July, leading officers to a trio of alleged dealers and a kilo of fentanyl.

Steele says that bust stopped the sale of 300,000 bags of the drug, which is 50 times more deadly than heroin.

The suspects were identified as 33-year-old Wilbert Taveras Payano of the Bronx; 25-year-old Lincoln Paylano Del Orbe of Philadelphia; and 29-year-old Christina Mota Soto of Philadelphia.

Officials noted that of the 249 overdose deaths in Montgomery County in 2016, 108 involved fentanyl.

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