BERKELEY, Calif. (KRON) — “Rainbow fentanyl” was recovered at a traffic stop Tuesday night in Berkeley, police announced on Friday in a Nixle alert. Police conducted the traffic stop near San Pablo Avenue and Stanford Avenue where officers did a search and found a large amount of illegal drugs.
The traffic stop happened on Aug. 30 at 10:11 p.m. Police recovered the following items:
- At least 592 grams (over 1 pound) of fentanyl
- Over 100 grams of methamphetamine
- $3,800 cash
- A digital scale
- Plastic storage baggies
The driver of the suspect vehicle, a 21-year-old Oakland man, was arrested on suspicion of committing multiple drug-related offenses, police said. Police did not identify the subject.
The suspect vehicle is a four-door sedan that didn’t have a license plate on it. The driver of the car was also unlicensed.
Rainbow fentanyl has been appearing in numerous forms nationwide; it looks like candy and can be deadly if ingested, according to BPD. Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
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According to the CDC, 71,238 Americans died from fentanyl overdose deaths in 2021, compared to 57,834 in 2020. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a warning Tuesday about “rainbow fentanyl” pills being distributed across the country.