WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Westchester County officials are warning residents of the potential pitfalls of drugs marked “UFO” and “LOCO” following a series of recent overdoses in Harrison and Eastchester .
Flanked by Peter Rubinstein and John Greer, who each lost children to overdoses in Harrison , Senator George Latimer and Assemblyman Buchwald held a conference in Harrison to alert Westchester residents about a signature drug that has caused multiple deaths in several communities in recent weeks.
Last week, Eastchester Police Chief Tim Bonci took to social media to alert the community about a drug with a logo of “LOCO” stamped on the wax baggies its sold in. The substance is believed to be portrayed as heroin or another dangerous drug, and has led to at least one overdose.
In Harrison, police found packages sold with “UFO” markings that were involved in the death of both victims.
“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 24-year-old’s death.
“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.”
Just last week, a man from Massachusetts was busted on the Hutchinson River Parkway in New Rochelle with nearly four kilos of heroin.
“We must fight the heroin epidemic on every level that we can. And to help keep our young people alive, I think it is important that we spread the warning that “LOCO” and “UFO” can kill you,” Latimer said. “Don’t buy it. Don’t use it”.