BELOIT - Police used the Rock County Sheriff's Office SWAT team to raid a home and arrest a man accused of dealing the drug Fentanyl in the Beloit area.
A warrant was served on a home in the 1200 block of Harvey St. in Beloit Tuesday morning as part of an investigation into heroin dealing by the Rock County Special Investigations Unit and the Safe Streets Task Force. During the raid, police say they seized approximately 55 grams of Fentanyl, $1400.00 in cash, two vehicles and 4 handguns.
35-year-old Rayshaun M. Roach of Beloit was arrested and charged with the following:
- 3 Counts of Delivery of Fentanyl
- 4 Counts of Possession of A Firearm By a Felon
- 2 Counts of Receiving Stolen Property
- 1 Count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- 1 Count of Possession with Intent to Deliver Fentanyl Within 1000’ of a School
- Probation Violation
Roach is being held in the Rock County Jail pending arraignment.
The abuse of Fentanyl is especially alarming to the law enforcement community because it is so powerful. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the synthetic opioid is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. That high potency can significantly increase the chance of an overdose potentially leading to death, especially if mixed with heroin or cocaine.
Fentanyl can also be absorbed through the skin, and so handling high doses can present its own accidental overdose risk. According to CNN, a Ohio police officer had to be rushed to the hospital in May for an opioid overdose after brushing Fentanyl off of his uniform following a drug bust.
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