This story was originally published in the Register Citizen and written by Ben Lambert.
TORRINGTON >> Fentanyl-laced heroin and other items were seized and a Thomaston woman was arrested Thursday after search of a city home, police said.
Jennifer Sayles, also known as “Pebbles,” 37, of 218 Bristol St., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of crack cocaine and possession of heroin with intent to sell after a search warrant was executed at 147 Scoville St., police said Friday.
During the search warrant, detectives found 52 bags of heroin, crack cocaine, hypodermic needles, drug packaging material, a scale and other drug paraphernalia, Detective Kevin Tieman said in a release.
“A significant amount of cash was also located,” Tieman said. “Initial field tests indicated the presence of Fentanyl in these bags of suspected heroin.”
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is “similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent,” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
It is often used as a diluting agent to cut heroin, according to past reporting, and was detected in 186 overdose deaths in 2015 — up from 14 in 2012.
Mixing it with heroin can have severe, unintended consequences, including overdose deaths, officials have said.
Sayles was held in lieu of $10,000 police-set bond and is due in Bantam court.