Warning of deadly Fentanyl pills disguised as other drugs issued by sheriff’s office

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The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has discovered a dangerous new Fentanyl pill, which is currently being transported or sold illegally.

The Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security issued a public safety warning regarding the deadly pills that are roaming local streets. 

According to the Sheriff’s Office, all the fake pills share similarities in appearance, they are blue, they have a capital ‘M’ surrounded by a square on one side, they other side has the number ’30 with a horizontal line directly below it.

These (pills) were being transported or sold through illegal means. This was by no means something that popped up at a valid retailer, Public Information Officer Tony Botti said. 

Botti said deputies and agents had three cases in Fresno County, where they seized pills disguised as Oxycodone Hydrochloride, but after being tested, it came back as a high concentration of Fentanyl

It’s just becoming more accessible, so much cheaper and the synthetic drug market is taking off. The people who are manufacturing this stuff knows they have a target audience for it, he said. 

In January, three people in Fresno overdosed after they thought they had bought powdered cocaine but turned out to be Fentanyl. One person died after the overdosed, while the other two survived. 

The sheriff’s office sending out a warning as a deadly drug is roaming the streets of Fresno County. 

Our ultimate goal would be having nobody buy drugs off the street but you know we’re realistic, we know that it’s still going to happen, so the best thing to do is educate people that this is happening, Botti said. 


A warning has been issued for deadly pills being sold on the streets of Fresno County.

The sheriff’s office, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, issued a public safety warning regarding pills disguised as Oxycodone and Hydrochloride that contain a high concentration of Fentanyl

These pills were seized from illegitimate, illegal sources and not from any valid retailers, the sheriff says, adding that all of the fake pills share similarities in appearance.

  • They are blue in color.
  • They have a capital M surrounded by a square on one side.
  • The other side has the number 30 with a horizontal line directly below it.

If the public comes across these pills, they should not touch or ingest them, the sheriff’s office advises, adding, leave them in a secure place and make a report to law enforcement immediately.

In a statement, the sheriff’s office says:

As a general rule, the sheriff’s office encourages people to only take medicines prescribed by their doctor in the recommended dosages. Make sure the pills in the container match the description listed on the prescription label. If you are uncertain about any medication, contact your doctor or pharmacist before taking.

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