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Denver men face federal drug charges after police seize fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine

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Posted at 6:16 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 21:52:01-05

DENVER — Two Denver man now face federal drug charges after the Denver Police Department seized a fentanyl brick, heroin, and cocaine.

U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn announced the charges for possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute against Gilbert Franco Garcia, 38, and Jesus Aviles-Higuera, 29. Both men are in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for early next week.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, DPD performed a warranted search at 4860 West Mexico Avenue on November 1, where officers recovered around a kilogram of fentanyl, most of it in the form of a dark-colored brick, as well as 134 fentanyl pills, about 454 grams of black tar heroin, and about 75 grams of cocaine.

Officers first thought the brick was black tar heroin, and that the pills were Oxycodone, but lab tests showed fentanyl was the only controlled substance in the brick and pills. After the seizure police issued a public health bulletin to inform the public of the find because of the risk that it could be confused for black tar heroin.