The DEA seized more fentanyl in 2021 than in the last two years.ST. LOUIS – The Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division broke a fentanyl seizure record for 2021 with nearly 188 kilograms seized through Missouri, Kansas, and southern Illinois.

In addition, agents and task force officers seized 1,848 kilograms of methamphetamine and 73 kilograms of heroin. The meth seizure amount was also the most in the division’s history. Investigators also seized 347 weapons.

Get The Latest News!

Don't miss our top stories and need-to-know news everyday in your inbox.

Topping off the St. Louis Division’s statistics for 2021 were its efforts to curtail money laundering by drug trafficking organizations, seizing and stopping $15.8 million from reaching its organization leaders.

Article continues after sponsor message

“With overdose deaths soaring nationwide, the DEA’s efforts to seize illegal drugs, the illegal proceeds, and the guns associated with these violent enterprises is more important than ever,” said Special Agent in Charge Todd Zimmerman. “The credit goes to our agents, task force officers, and the staff who support them. We’ll continue to do our part to prevent drug trafficking organizations from profiting from their criminal activities and causing harm in our communities.”

Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is used for pain in a pharmaceutical setting and 50 times more potent than heroin. However, drug cartels have been attempting to distribute fentanyl in record amounts, leading to an alarming increase in overdose deaths. DEA put out a safety alert in September about fentanyl in counterfeit pills, which is responsible for 75% of opioid overdose deaths.

DEA St. Louis Division seized 82 kilograms of fentanyl in fiscal year 2020 and 104 kilograms in fiscal year 2019.

More like this:

Apr 27, 2021 | DEA Launches Project Wave Breaker To Stop Flood Of Deadly Fentanyl

Nov 7, 2022 | DEA St. Louis Division Breaks Fentanyl Seizure Record

Mar 26, 2021 | St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty for His Role in Trafficking Ring Involving 45 Kilograms of Methamphetamine

Nov 28, 2017 | Gov. Rauner, Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti hail enhanced screening procedures to combat opioid epidemic

Aug 31, 2022 | Mayor Tishaura O. Jones Declares “International Overdose Awareness Day” In The City Of St. Louis