- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) - Federal authorities have charged a suburban Cleveland man with possessing more than 900 doses of the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

Twenty-nine-year-old Ryan Gaston of Euclid was indicted Tuesday on one count each of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Court documents say the pills were initially believed to be Oxycodone but in fact were the far more powerful and deadlier fentanyl.

Acting U.S. Attorney Carole Rendon said each pill is capable of killing a person.

Messages were left for Gaston’s attorneys.

Authorities nationwide have been sounding the alarm about the dangers of fentanyl disguised as other medications.


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