A man was arrested on Monday, June 5, after he picked up a package from one Texas post office. The package contained 102 grams of Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid drug that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. Fentanyl is often combined with other drugs, including heroin, to give a more powerful high. The prescription drug is also used legally as a painkiller and is available in United States pharmacies.
The man allegedly ordered Fentanyl from China, and he is being accused of supplying the drugs to young adults in the Katy area. It is not clear how police apparently learned of the contents of the man's post office package or why police believe that the drugs were for distribution rather than personal use.
The man who was arrested is now facing drug charges, including intent to deliver a controlled substance and evading arrest. He was seized by police at his apartment after leaving the post office with the package.
Many drugs that are scheduled or illegal in the United States are available online through international vendors and pharmacies. In a number of cases, people have been arrested after taking possession of packages that contain drugs shipped through the mail and discovered by customs or other postal staff or officials. Sometimes, people may turn to online pharmacies simply to save money on expensive painkillers or other pharmaceuticals.
Some online pharmacies fall into a legal gray area. People facing criminal charges following an arrest for possession of drugs shipped through the mail would be well-served to consult a lawyer. It's particularly important for people dealing with drug possession or distribution charges to understand their rights when dealing with law enforcement officials. A lawyer could help defendants facing drug charges to protect their rights or to reduce excessive charges.