Michigan State Police have announced a major drug bust Thursday in Van Buren County has netted three kilos of Fentanyl.

Michigan State Police say "fentanyl is a powerful, synthetic opioid similar to morphine, but 50-100 times more potent."

“The amount of fentanyl involved in this case is alarming and not typical of what we see day to day. A small dose can be deadly. Three kilograms equals out to nearly 3 million doses. Our Hometown Security Team did an excellent job intercepting these drugs.” - Capt. Michael Brown, commander of MSP’s Fifth District.

MSP says the bust happened during a traffic stop on I-94 in Van Buren County, where troopers observed several indicators of criminal activity and were given consent to search the vehicle. "The vehicle contained two occupants, a male and female, from California. Upon searching the vehicle, troopers found the packaged drugs hidden in the vehicle."

Fentanyl seized in Van Buren County traffic stop. Photo: Michigan State Police)
Fentanyl seized in Van Buren County traffic stop. (Photo: Michigan State Police)

After officers interviewed the driver and passenger, "it was determined that the 23-year-old male driver was responsible for the narcotics. He was arrested and lodged. Charges are pending.The female passenger provided a statement and was released." according to the MSP release.


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