DEA report details concerns over flow of ‘purple’ fentanyl to Central Florida

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Law enforcement agencies across Central Florida have been making a series of major drug busts.


On Monday, Orange County deputies seized more than three kilos of fentanyl. On Thursday, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office announced a similar find, saying there was enough fentanyl to kill more than 89,000 people.

READ: 11-year-old boy overdoses on fentanyl, boy’s uncle behind bars, police say

A newly declassified Drug Enforcement Administration shows the source of the worst of those drugs.

The report details the routes drugs are taking to enter the country, identifying new supply lines that are quickly delivering drugs, especially fentanyl, to the U.S., with large quantities ending up in Central Florida.

READ: 7 people hospitalized in Florida after taking fentanyl-laced drugs; man charged

“Purple” fentanyl is coming up through Mexico, one of two major routes for drugs entering the U.S. The DEA report highlights the flow from China and Mexico, and a warning of an emerging third route from India.

READ: 1 million pills with fentanyl seized in record bust near LA

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.