Fentanyl-laced pills cause 8 overdoses, investigation begins

Noah Pasley

Search warrants were executed by the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force and Fort Collins SWAT team yesterday as part of an investigation into the sale of narcotics, a series of overdoses that occurred in the last week and other crimes, according to two Jan. 30 press releases from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation follows eight overdoses — two of which resulted in death — that are all believed to be linked to fentanyl-laced pills bought on the street, according to one of the press releases. These pills were not purchased at a pharmacy, and the NCDTF and Fort Collins Police Criminal Investigation Division are warning of pills on the street potentially laced with fentanyl. 


According to the other press release, the search warrants issued by the NCDTF and Fort Collins SWAT team concern the 600 block of Quaking Aspen Drive and the 1900 block of Pecan Street in Fort Collins. The FCPCID, the FCP’s Criminal Impact Unit and the LCSO’s Strategic Enforcement Unit are assisting in the investigation. 

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid similar to but 50-100 times more potent than morphine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, which claims fentanyl is 80-100 times stronger than morphine, fentanyl is often used in conjunction with heroin or disguised as more potent heroin.

Anyone with information regarding the source of the fentanyl-laced pills or crimes occurring at the other locations is asked to call the NCDTF at 970-416-2560.

Noah Pasley can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @PasleyNoah.