NINE people have died after allegedly being poisoned in Florida over the July 4 holiday weekend.
Cops revealed that the victims found dead in Gadsden County were aged between 34 and 67.
Gadsden County Lieutenant Anglie Holmes said the overdoses caused four cardiac arrests and six intubations, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.
Two women were found dead in an apartment on Friday.
Cops revealed a passenger died in a car crash after the driver passed out from using drugs.
Cases were reported in Havana, Gretna, Quincy, and Chattahoochee.
Sheriff Morris Young told WTXL: "We suspect that this was due to some type of opioid poisoning such as fentanyl."
Holmes revealed it was the "first-time" cops had seen such an event in Gadsden County.
Anne Milgram, of the US Drugs Enforcement Administration, said: “Today we learned of another potential mass fentanyl poisoning event in Gadsden County, Florida.
"The men and women of the DEA are committed to bringing to justice the criminal drug networks and dealers that are killing Americans by deliberately distributing fentanyl and deceptively mixing it into other substances and into fake pills."
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Officials say that just 2mg of fentanyl is thought to be lethal.
It comes just months after three Ohio State University students overdosed on fake Adderall tablets that were laced with fentanyl.
Milgram warned in April that the drug is "killing Americans at an unprecedented rate".
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More than 70,000 Americans died from fentanyl last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Statistics show that the figure has risen from 13,000 compared to 2020.
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