Front Page Detectives

Lethal Sweets: Fentanyl Disguised as Candy Hearts Seized by Feds in Mega Takedown

Fentanyl Disguised as Candy Hearts Seized by Feds

Fentanyl doses shaped like candy hearts were seized in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Nov. 15 2023, Published 9:05 a.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email

They look like candy for Valentine’s Day. But federal agents say they’re lethal drugs, and they’ve led to three arrests in New England. reported about a large drug crackdown on the North Shore of Massachusetts, involving an estimated 10 million doses of controlled substances.

Article continues below advertisement

Most of the seized drugs consisted of fentanyl, the Justice Department announced Nov. 6. All of the controlled substances were found during an FBI raid five days earlier.

Authorities say among other things, they found 20 pounds of pink fentanyl pills in the shape of candy hearts.

“The only thing more depraved than trafficking deadly fentanyl is trafficking deadly fentanyl designed to look like candy to appeal to teenagers,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement.

The federal investigation began in July, when someone died from an overdose in Salem. Three Lynn residents became targets of surveillance and now are under arrest.

Deiby Felix, 40, is accused of hiding fentanyl and methamphetamine in his home basement.

The other suspects are Sebastien Bejin, 33 and Emilio Garcia, 25. They face two federal drug counts each while Felix faces one.

Article continues below advertisement

“The doses of controlled substances seized in this case exceed the number of residents in Massachusetts,” acting U.S. prosecutor Joshua Levy said.

Authorities say the seized items include not only fentanyl and raw meth, but cocaine base. Some of them were counterfeit Adderall and Percocet pills.

All the seized items have a combined estimated street value of $8 million and weigh more than 220 pounds.

“As we stand in this room today, six people in Massachusetts are going to die of opioid-related overdoses,” Levy said at a news conference covered by the Boston Herald. “Six people today, six people tomorrow, six people Wednesday.”

Never miss a story — sign up for the Front Page Detectives newsletter. Be on the scene the moment news breaks.

If convicted, the three suspects could receive 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

As the arrests in Lynn were announced, a Lawrence, Massachusetts was being sentenced in Boston federal court for conspiring to provide fentanyl at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

WFXT-TV reported Pedro Bernabel, 31, received 14 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

Prosecutors say at least one of his customers was a veteran who thought fentanyl could treat a substance abuse disorder.

A second suspect in that case received a two-year prison term the week before.

Garland calls the nationwide discoveries of fentanyl a “poisoning epidemic.”

He urged families “to have open and honest conversations about the urgent threat posed by this epidemic, and the fact that just one pill can kill.”


Become a Front Page Detective

Sign up to receive breaking
Front Page Detectives
news and exclusive investigations.

More Stories

Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2024 FRONT PAGE DETECTIVES™️. A DIVISION OF MYSTIFY ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK INC. FRONT PAGE DETECTIVES is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.