Fentanyl Being Found Looks Like Tar Heroin

It Contains NO Tar Heroin

Police officers and Detectives have been encountering fentanyl that is disguised as tar heroin. Oftentimes, we run across heroin that has had fentanyl added to it. However, these samples contain no heroin at all; just fentanyl. This is not an isolated event. While attending a meeting at California POST on fentanyl safety, I met criminalists who had multiple submissions like the photo below that turned out to be fentanyl only.

fentanyl, not tar heroin
This is fentanyl and contains no heroin.

The implications for this are harrowing. This is a good reminder for officers to handle all drugs as if they contain fentanyl and to stop field testing drugs. If you need training in fentanyl safety procedures, check out our online training on fentanyl safety for first responders.

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Author: Keith Graves
Keith is a retired Police Sergeant and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for 29 years. Keith was named as California’s Narcotics Officer of the Year and is a prior winner of MADD’s California Hero Award. He has years of experience as a Narcotics Detective and a Narcotics Unit Supervisor and is a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor (IACP #3292). Keith teaches both the DRE course and the Drug Abuse Recognition Course and has taught at the Police Academy. He has developed several drug courses for the California Narcotics Officers Association, California POST and California Colleges and currently consults POST on drug investigation procedures. Keith has held other assignments besides narcotics including Training Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, COPPS Officer, Traffic Officer, and 20 years as a SWAT Team member and Sniper Team Leader. Keith has taught thousands of officers and businesses around the world about drug use, drug trends, compliance training and drug investigations. He is recognized as an international drug expert and has testified as an expert in court proceedings on drug cases, homicide cases and rape prosecutions. Keith earned a BA in Business Management from Saint Mary's College of California and a MA in Criminal Justice. Keith is the Founder and President of Graves & Associates, a company dedicated to providing drug training to law enforcement and private industry.


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