Narcotics agents seized several illegal drugs including 25 grams of incredibly deadly fentanyl and more than a pound of marijuana from a Tuscaloosa woman Monday morning.

Stephanie Taylor, a spokesperson for the Tuscaloosa Police Department, said the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at a home on 26th Avenue in Tuscaloosa Monday before discovering the stockpile of illicit substances.

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Taylor said during the search, WANTF agents recovered nine ounces of methamphetamine, 25 grams of fentanyl, four grams of heroin, two grams of cocaine, two grams of MDMA and 1.5 pounds of marijuana.

One suspect, 41-year-old Celeste Akia McIntyre, was arrested and charged with trafficking meth, trafficking fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute heroin, first-degree possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and four counts of failure to affix a tax stamp.

Tuscaloosa Police Department
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Trafficking charges carry some of the highest bonds allowed in Alabama, and the suspect's combined bond was set at $3,080,000.

“Like everywhere else in the country, we’ve seen an increase of overdoses from fentanyl trafficking and use during the last few years,” said WANTF commander Capt. Brad Jones. “Many of the overdoses have happened to people who were unaware they had used something laced with fentanyl.”

Taylor said the powdered variety of the deadly drug Powdered fentanyl is often mixed into other substances like methamphetamine, heroin or cocaine and can also be pressed into
counterfeit prescription pills.

“People should be aware that just a small amount can be deadly – it’s 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin,” Jones said.

Fox 6 WBRC reports that just this week, cocaine laced with fentanyl was responsible for seven overdoses in a 24-hour period in Anniston, Alabama, including at least one deadly overdose.

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