FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. — Flagler County lawmakers on Sunday arrested a Georgia man who allegedly had enough fentanyl in his truck to kill the entire population of Flagler and Putnam counties.
Officers said they found 33-year-old James Duke of Kennesaw, Georgia, asleep in his truck behind a Mobil gas station at 6020 E. State Road 100 in Palm Coast.
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Deputies said Duke initially gave deputies several false names before finally giving his real name. When officers gave his name, they found he had a non-exercisable warrant from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee for failing to appear in court.
Officers arrested Duke for giving law enforcement a false name, loitering or roaming, and defying an officer. When they impounded his truck, investigators found several plastic bags filled with fentanyl in a black belt pouch, totaling 338 grams.
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According to US Drug Enforcement Agency estimates, as little as 2 milligrams of fentanyl is enough to cause death from an overdose. Deputies said that meant Duke was carrying enough fentanyl to potentially kill 169,000 people.
“This is the second time in less than a week that we have found enough fentanyl in a fugitive to potentially kill over 100,000 people,” said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly.
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Deputies added additional charges of trafficking in fentanyl and willful possession of burglary tools and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Check out body camera footage of his arrest above.
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