On Wednesday July 11, 2018, an investigation began into allegations of a local resident planning to distribute a large quantity of pharmaceutical grade Fentanyl that was allegedly being stored at a residence on South 3rd Street in Ponchatoula occupied by two adult males and one juvenile.
On July 12, 2018, detectives obtained and executed a search warrant at the Ponchatoula residence. As a result, what they found inside was astonishing - over 750 SUBSYS sublingual Fentanyl pumps and nearly 11 thermal Fentanyl patches.
Detectives learned that the Fentanyl was actually prescribed to one of the residents due to a previous back surgery. The resident was treated at a pain management clinic and had received cases of prescription Fentanyl patches and the pumps by mail for two years.The subject stated he never received any notice in regards to this prescription from the pain management doctor and didn’t think it to be illegal.
Detectives also found open and unopened packages of prescription Fentanyl in the bedroom of the second male resident, 32-year-old Daniel McCann. McCann was charged with theft and possession with the intent to distribute CDS II.
At this time, no other arrests have been made pending a federal investigation into the incident. The juvenile was subsequently placed into the custody of the Department of Children and Family Services.
As detectives continue to investigate the incident, it has been learned that SUBSYS sublingual Fentanyl pumps prescribed to patients are strictly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration “F.D.A.” and are only to be prescribed to an individual who is diagnosed with certain types of cancer.
"When you take that much fentanyl from a residence or off street you are saving lives," says Edwards. The joint efforts between the local and federal law enforcement agencies in this investigation have single handedly affected countless lives by removing this product from being a potential threat or from being distributed throughout our community. Fentanyl, a deadly opioid, is typically prescribed to treat acute pain. It is a synthetic opioid 30-50 times more potent than heroin and 50-100 times more potent than morphine. Two milligrams is enough to be a lethal dose for most people.