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Deadly threat: Sheriff warns of fake oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday released photos of fake Oxycodone pills containing Fentanyl.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday released photos of fake Oxycodone pills containing Fentanyl. FRESNO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Enforcement Agents on Wednesday issued a warning that bogus oxycodone tablets on the streets contain high concentrations of fentanyl, a powerful drug responsible for a spike in overdose deaths across the country.

Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti reported that authorities recently encountered three cases where the pills were seized.

The pills are blue in color, have a capital “M” on one side and the number “30” on the other.

Anyone who comes across the drugs is encouraged not to touch or ingest them, and to contact authorities.

To remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867 may also be contacted.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims hosted a news conference to discuss the health dangers and law-enforcement response to a fentanyl opioid crisis that has made its way into the central San Joaquin Valley.

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