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Sumter County sheriff: 6 pounds of fentanyl seized on I-95 enough to kill 100,000 people

BY SHELBIE GOULDING
shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 2/20/20

Sumter County deputies seized nearly $800,000 worth of fentanyl and cocaine from a Florida man during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 on Feb. 4. Marlon Myers, 45, of North Lauderdale, …

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Sumter County sheriff: 6 pounds of fentanyl seized on I-95 enough to kill 100,000 people

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Sumter County deputies seized enough fentanyl from a Florida man during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 earlier this month to overdose almost the entire population of Sumter County.

Marlon Mario Myers, 45, of North Lauderdale, Florida, was found with nearly $800,000 in fentanyl and cocaine on Feb. 4. Upon contact with Myers, a deputy noticed multiple indicators of possible criminal activity.

There were multiple cellphones in the center console, and Myers’ travel timeline from Florida to New York and back was not possible given the time of the traffic stop, according to Deputy Adrienne Sarvis, public information officer for the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. Myers also could not produce the rental agreement for the vehicle, and his driver’s license was suspended. Myers showed continuous signs of intense nervousness during the interaction with the deputy, according to Sarvis.

When asked if he had any cocaine in the vehicle, Myers reportedly shook his head “yes” but verbally responded “no.”

A K-9 unit, already on scene, conducted a free-air sniff around the vehicle, and the K-9 gave an indication to the odor of illegal drugs. A black suitcase found inside the trunk during a search contained Myers’ personal belongings as well as what appeared to be cocaine, Sarvis said.

Deputies arrested Myers at that time and transported him to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office Detention Center.

The cocaine was later determined to be 6.6 pounds of fentanyl worth more than $598,700 and 2.2 pounds of cocaine worth more than $199,500, Sarvis said.

“The amount of fentanyl seized is enough to kill more than 100,000 people, which is almost the population of Sumter County,” Sheriff Anthony Dennis said. “About 90% of overdoses in the county now are related to fentanyl, and there was a 300% increase in overdose deaths in the county last year. This is a drug that is deadly if you get a small amount on your skin and people have no idea how much they are getting when it’s mixed with other drugs.”

I-95 is known to be a hot spot for drug trafficking as it travels up the entire East Coast. In the midst of the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic, fentanyl has been added as one of the most dangerous illegal substances in connection to narcotic prescription pills and heroin. Fentanyl is much stronger than morphine and can cause an overdose in small dosages.

The Department of Homeland Security has adopted the case because the majority of the trafficking operation occurred outside of Sumter County.