San Francisco (KGO) – San Francisco police have said they confiscated 16 pounds of fentanyl in a recent arrest.

“The amount of fentanyl confiscated in that single operation is a fatal overdose enough to quadruple the population of San Francisco,” said SFPD Secretary Bill Scott. Facebook post “Fentanyl is still the main culprit behind the record number of fatal overdoses that plague our city.”

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Fentanyl is a very powerful opioid that is 100 times stronger than morphine. It is effective in very small amounts and can be reduced by other drugs such as methamphetamine and heroin. However, if you do not know that your medicine contains fentanyl, it is easy to overdose it.

Fentanyl was discovered by the San Francisco Police Department’s drug control officer while he was serving three arrest warrants in Oakland, the agency said. They believe they intercepted drugs on the way to San Francisco.

Police also found multiple guns, $ 45,000 in cash, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

Five people were arrested.

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Enough fentanyl to wipe out four times the population of San Francisco who was confiscated at a drug demonstration, the police chief says