2 men charged after enough fentanyl to kill 4.7M people found in SoCal minivan, DA says

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Images from the Orange County District Attorney's office show a large drug seizure made on March 17, 2022.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KGO) -- Prosecutors have charged two men after authorities allegedly found more than 20 pounds (9 kilograms) of fentanyl, nearly 200 pounds (91 kilograms) of cocaine and more than 800 pounds (363 kilograms) of methamphetamine in a minivan in Southern California last month.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office said in a statement Wednesday that 36-year-old Edgar Alfonso Lamas and 53-year-old Carlos Raygozaparedes have pleaded not guilty to six drug-related counts with enhancements.

If convicted on all charges, both men face a maximum sentence of 37 years and four months in prison.

Each man is being held on $5 million in bail. A preliminary hearing is set for June.

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Prosecutors say authorities pulled over the minivan leaving a Buena Park home on March 17.

According to the district attorney's office, a lethal dose of fentanyl is 2 milligrams. Authorities nabbed 20.5 pounds, which they say is enough to kill 4.7 million people.

Last November, the Orange County D.A. announced that a drug dealer or distributor of drugs could be charged with murder if it was determined their drug activities resulted in someone's death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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