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A long-term joint narcotics investigation undertaken by the Office of the State Attorney and the Miami-Dade Police Department has resulted in the arrest of Luis Manuel Charchabal, a convicted felon, who allegedly had 2.5 kilograms of suspected Heroin/Fentanyl in his possession.

Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid pain medication designed as an intravenous anesthetic for hospital use in the 1960s. It is estimated to be 50 to 80 times stronger than Heroin and is so potent that an amount the size of 3 grains of sugar can kill the average adult. As it is cheap to illegally produce, it is often mixed with Heroin or sold as Heroin on the streets. According to the arrest form, its deadly potential was allegedly acknowledged by the defendant when he indicated that…”if he wanted to see it work, to find someone the CI didn’t like to give him a little dose of it to watch them fall.” Given the deadly nature of fentanyl, special precautions had to be taken in handling and field-testing the suspected Heroin/Fentanyl to protect the lives of the arresting police officers.

“Selling Fentanyl is selling death by a different name”, said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “The opioid epidemic that America, Florida and Dade County are all experiencing is made possible by those individuals who see illegal profits as more important than human life. In this community, we will continue to fight such drug dealers on the streets and work to end addiction through our drug court. Working hand-in-hand with the Miami-Dade Police Department, we have potentially saved thousands of lives with this superb investigation. These officers deserve the thanks of the entire community.”

“The Miami-Dade Police Department’s primary concern is for the safety and security of our residents,” commented Miami-Dade Police Department Director Juan J. Perez. “Illegal Opioids have had a deadly impact on our community. This case serves as just one example of the ongoing efforts of Narcotics Bureau detectives who will continue to work diligently, together with our law enforcement partners, to prevent additional overdose tragedies related to this poison. Working with our community, we will overcome the Opioid epidemic that has plagued the entire country.”

Luis Manuel Charchabal is being charged with:

  • 3 counts – Illegal Trafficking in Heroin (1st Degree Felony)
  • 3 counts – Possession of Fentanyl with Intent to Deliver (2nd Degree Felony)

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