Fentanyl Found in Flakka, Spice

Fentanyl and Flakka, a Dangerous Mix

Recently, a sheriff’s department in the Midwest found a suspect with several pills for sale in his possession. The lab later identified the pills as a mixture of Flakka and fentanyl. As you might recall, flakka is the “bath salt” that swept the nation, specifically Florida, and resulted in a number of highly publicized incidents. Fentanyl is the deadly opiate that is significantly more powerful than morphine. The suspect told the officers that he got the pills from the “darknet”, which is a part of the internet where users can remain anonymous while purchasing pretty much anything they want. So, why would you want flakka and fentanyl mixed together? It’s possible that the suspect that bought the drugs had no idea that the two drugs were mixed. He may have thought he was buying some other drug. However, fentanyl has become the go to cutting agent for a number of drugs. From coke to meth to heroin, fentanyl has been used to cut all of the major street drugs.

Fentanyl at the bottom of the woman’s purse. Extreme caution should be used while handling fentanyl.

Other Drugs Cut with Fentanyl

It’s not just bath salts that are being cut with fentanyl now. Just this year, fentanyl has been found with the following drugs just in one jurisdiction:

  • Fentanyl, U-47700 and Methamphetamine
  • Carfentanil and U-47700
  • Carfentanil, Cocaine, and Heroin
  • ¬†Heroin, and MMB-FUBINACA
  • Carfentanil and Cocaine
  • Fentanyl and Ketamine


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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