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 the 2016 Narcotics Officer of the Year for the State of California and a prior winner of the MADD California Hero Award. Keith has been a Police Officer in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1990 and has years of experience as a Narcotics Detective and a Narcotics Unit Supervisor. Keith is a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor (IACP #3292) and teaches both the DRE course and the Drug Abuse Recognition Course. Keith has also taught at the Police Academy and has developed several drug courses for the California Narcotics Officers Association, California POST and California Colleges. 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 SWAT Team Leader. Keith has taught thousands of officers and businesses around the world about drug use, drug trends, compliance training and drug investigations. 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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