Fentanyl in $2M bust turns out to be sugar

Was called one of 'largest seizures' in NC

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WILMINGTON, N.C. - A drug bust in North Carolina went from being worth $2 million to less than $10.

The New Hanover Sheriff’s Office found what it thought was 13 pounds of fentanyl during a search in July at a Wilmington home, according to WECT-TV.

While field tests indicated the powdery substance was the powerful opioid, a private lab deemed it was just “a combination of simple and complex carbohydrates,” or sugar – which can be bought from any grocery store for less than 10 bucks.

Thirteen pounds of fentanyl would be worth around $2 million on the street, which at the time of the bust, was deemed one of the “largest seizures in the state,” according to WECT-TV.

The bust also turned up some other drugs and paraphernalia, leading to several charges against three suspects.

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