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Drug trafficker charged with supplying strongest tested fentanyl: prosecutors

The alleged leader of a drug trafficking organization based in San Diego and Tijuana appeared in court Tuesday to face federal charges in connection with multiple drug seizures, including the seizure of 2 kilograms of powdered fentanyl, the highest concentration tested in 2021. was charged with. Published by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (DEA) Southwest Research Institute.

Prosecutors say Aaron Reeve Kovishar, 34, was the head of a drug trafficking organization that smuggled fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine from Mexico to San Diego for distribution in the United States.

Cobichel, also known as “El Cobi,” was arrested in Spain in June and extradited there to face charges. He had previously fled the United States to Mexico in November 2022.

A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) chemist tests a seized powder containing fentanyl at the DEA Northeast Regional Laboratory in New York in 2019. The two kilograms of powdered fentanyl collected in 2021 was the highest concentration ever tested by the DEA’s Southwest Laboratory. (Don Emmert/AFP via Getty Images)

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Kobishar made his first appearance in federal court on Tuesday after being extradited to face charges of trafficking in fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine.

According to prosecutors, he is the lead defendant in an indictment of six defendants in a long-term investigation. Four others charged in the same indictment were arrested earlier this year, and one defendant remains at large.

If convicted, Mr. Kovishar could face life in prison and a $10 million fine.

U.S. Attorney Tara McGrath said fentanyl is a very dangerous drug and these seizures are very serious.

“Fentanyl is deadly in all its forms, but one of the seizures in this case had an extraordinary punch,” McGrath said.

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A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) chemist tests a seized powder containing fentanyl at the DEA Northeast Regional Laboratory in New York in 2019. The two kilograms of powdered fentanyl collected in 2021 was the highest concentration ever tested by the DEA’s Southwest Laboratory. (Don Emmert/AFP via Getty Images)

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“Removing fentanyl from the hands of drug traffickers, especially the most potent fentanyl, will undoubtedly save many lives. Law enforcement’s diligence will make our neighborhoods safer. means.”

Chad Plantz, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations San Diego, said fentanyl is one of the most significant drug-related drugs for Homeland Security investigations because it is “widely available, highly addictive, and has deadly effects.” He said this continues to be a concern.

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Aaron Reeve Kobisher is also charged with cocaine trafficking. (St. Petersburg)

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“The success of this investigation is the result of law enforcement working together to dismantle drug trafficking organizations and hold them accountable for their actions, no matter where they hide.”

Experts say the United States is currently in a “fourth wave” of opioid overdose deaths, a wave marked by a surge in fentanyl, a synthetic opioid mixed with meth. The current (fourth) wave began in 2015 with an increase in fentanyl mixed with meth.

A study published Thursday in the journal Addiction by the University of California, Los Angeles, found that the overdose rate for the combination of fentanyl and stimulants rose from 0.6% (235 deaths) to 32.3% (34,429 deaths) during 2010. It was found that the number increased by more than 50 times. And in 2015.

FOX News’ Melissa Rudy contributed to this report.

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