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Suffolk DA warns of overdose risk from fentanyl-laced cocaine

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Posted at 2:37 PM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 14:40:07-04

Suffolk County officials are warning of a heightened risk of overdose from fentanyl-laced cocaine.

District Attorney Timothy Sini's office is investigating whether a mixture of the two drugs is responsible for several recent overdoses in the county.

“We are issuing a 'buyer beware' notice for the holiday weekend and the upcoming weeks. If you use cocaine, you are playing Russian roulette with your life,” Sini said in a statement on Friday.

A federal drug trafficking unit issued a report this week of 19 overdoses, three of which were fatal, over the span of two days in upstate Troy, New York, according to Sini’s office.

The district attorney expressed concerns that fentanyl-laced cocaine may have made its way down to Long Island.

“The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a shortage of the supply of cocaine in our area,” Sini said. “As a result, dealers are becoming desperate and greedy for profits, so we believe they may be deceiving their customers and selling them fentanyl, which is cheaper and more readily available.”

The warning came a day after 15 people were arrested in an alleged drug trafficking ring in which members raised the price of cocaine because of a supply shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Sini’s office.