TEXAS CITY

A man was charged Friday after a drug raid by the Galveston County Organized Crime Task Force, police disclosed Monday.

Jorge Lucas, 32, was charged with felony drug possession after a raid by narcotics officers in the 800 block of Second Avenue North, police spokesman Cpl. Allen Bjerke said.

Police reported finding 30 grams of methamphetamine, 60 grams of fentanyl, 15 grams of Xanax and 99 pills of Soma, a brand name for muscle relaxer carisoprodol, Bjerke said.

Lucas was charged with two counts of manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance with a $200,000 bond, Bjerke said.

Lucas was still in custody as of Monday, but Galveston County Jail records showed a $70,000 bond.

Keri Heath: 409-683-5241; keri.heath@galvnews.com or on Twitter @HeathKeri. 

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Allen Johnson

In 2020, drug overdose deaths peaked at 93,000 in the United States. This was the highest total in history, surpassing the records set in each of the previous two years. But the real news is that the patterns have changed. Now, synthetic opioids (primarily fentanyl) are the leading cause----by a lot. 62% of all drug deaths involve fentanyl. As we close out 2021, we will see another record increase in drug deaths and a new total at or above 100,000. Once again, the primary driver will be fentanyl.

Drug cartels have shifted focus to this synthetic opioid, manufacturing counterfeit versions of Xanax, Percocet and various prescription opioids that contain fentanyl as the active ingredient. Why is this? Profitability. One kilogram of fentanyl costs $5,000-6,000---far less than one kilogram of heroin---and can yield over 600,000 counterfeit pills that look like popular street drugs right down to labeling and dosage imprints, and can be sold for $3-6 apiece.

Just for the sake of informing, just 2mg of fentanyl is a fatal dose. The amount seized in Texas City was enough to deliver 30,000 fatal doses----or between 45,000-50,000 "non-fatal" pills. And there was enough Xanax to deliver 7,500-30,000 pills, depending on dosage.

Given no pill presses or other manufacturing tools were mentioned in this article, it may well be that the seized drugs would have passed to another location to be turned into street ready variants. In any case, given the safety-sensitive nature of our area's petrochemical industry, we'd likely rather these sorts of drugs not be found within a mile of our refinery gates.

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