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Federal Agents in Massachusetts Seize Enough Fentanyl to Kill ‘Half the State’

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Federal agents arrested 50 people after a drug raid in Lawrence, Mass. Thursday.

“During today’s operation, we seized some guns, but we also seized over 10 kilograms of fentanyl,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said at a news conference. “The amount of fentanyl we have seized today could kill half the state.”

Massachusetts has a population of 6.86 million.

The raid was a part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program, which aims to reduce violent crime, Boston 25 News reports.

Lelling said Lawrence is a hot spot for illegal drugs due to its location.

“Lawrence is a clearing house for illegal drugs pouring into New Hampshire and Maine via I-93 and I-495,” he said.

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