Arizona parents made a disturbing discovery when they were checking out a new toy they had purchased for their young daughter.
The parents bought their daughter a toy glow worm plush at a thrift store in El Mirage, Arizona, according to a social media post from the Phoenix Police Department. Upon further inspection of the thrifted toy, the parents found a sandwich bag filled with more than 5,000 pills. The pills are suspected to be made of the addictive opiate fentanyl, the post added.
Parents purchased a glow worm at a thrift store in El Mirage for their daughter and found a sandwich bag with over 5,000 pills believed to be fentanyl inside. They called #phoenixpolice and gave the dangerous drugs to officers. Remember to inspect all opened and used items. pic.twitter.com/hRLEuZpXfS
— Phoenix Police (@PhoenixPolice) February 21, 2021
The couple contacted law enforcement in order to hand the package of pills over to the authorities, according to the police department. However, authorities did not specify at what thrift store the plush toy was purchased at, nor how the pills could have ended up at the thrift store in the first place. (RELATED: Over $37 Million Worth Of Meth, 800 Pounds Of Weed And 14 Pounds Of Fentanyl Seized By CBP Over The Weekend)
The Phoenix Police Department is now encouraging consumers to “inspect all opened and used items” before purchasing them, as reported by Fox News.
The more than 5,000 pills are suspected to be fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is 50-100 times more powerful than morphine. Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are the primary driver of the ongoing opioid crisis happening across the country, according to the CDC.