WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Following an overdose death of a 24-year-old man last year, the Eastchester Police Department has issued a warning about a new investigation into a potentially fatal batch of heroin.
Last year , a drug with a logo of “ LOCO ” stamped on the wax baggies it’s sold in was being portrayed as heroin or “another dangerous drug sold in powder form,” led to a reported overdose in Eastchester.
This week, police issued a new warning, cautioning the community about a potentially fatal batch of heroin that has been making the rounds in the Hudson Valley marked and labeled as “RED DEVIL.”
“Due to the ongoing health concerns regarding opioids and heroin, our Department will occasionally share information regarding potentially dangerous or lethal batches of drugs,” police stated. “Most recently, we have received information about a potentially fatal batch of Heroin labeled ‘RED DEVIL,’ please share this information accordingly.”
On Facebook, officials with the Eastchester Emergency Medical Services reminded residents that there are outlets to help those suffering from substance abuse issues.
“Please be careful everyone. We shouldn't have to say heroin is illegal and extremely dangerous to do but we care too much about you to turn a blind eye. Also remember, there are plenty of help lines and treatment centers for those looking to seek help.”
Anyone with information about the drug can contact the Eastchester Police Detective Division at (914) 961-3464 or the department’s Anonymous Tip Line at (914) 961-3138.
“Hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescription pills, some containing deadly amounts of fentanyls have been introduced into U.S. drug markets, exacerbating the fentanyl and opioid crisis,” the DEA noted in an intelligence brief sent to the Eastchester Police Department following the fatal overdose last summer.
“The sudden arrival of wholesale amounts of counterfeit prescription drugs containing fentanyls will result in an increase in overdoses, deaths, and opiate-dependent individuals. Motivated by enormous profit potential, traffickers exploit high consumer demand for prescription medications by producing inexpensive, fraudulent prescription pills containing fentanyls.”