DEA confiscates 20 pounds of fentanyl from a Toledo home

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) A Toledo man was charged in federal court after law enforcement officials say they seized nearly 10 kilograms of what is believed to be fentanyl.

Robert Escobar, 49, was charged in federal court with one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. According to an affidavit filed in federal court: DEA agents used a confidential source to make numerous drug purchases from Escobar between March and October 2019. The drugs were tested and allegedly found to be mixtures of heroin and/or fentanyl.

Agents say during a buy from Escobar’s residence on Westmonte Road in Toledo in October, Escobar allegedly stated he had two different kinds of heroin: “XXX” and “Maserati”. Investigators say Escobar then traveled to a house on North Michigan Street and returned with drugs, that he sold. The drugs were tested and police claim returned results for fentanyl and a fentanyl analogue.

A search warrant was executed on the house on North Michigan Street on October 8. Agents say they found ten packages in the attic area which weighed approximately 9,615 grams. Three of the packages were marked “Maserati” while other packages were marked “XXX”. The contents of the packages will be tested, according to the complaint.

“This is believed to be the largest seizure of fentanyl in the Toledo area,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said. “This defendant is accused of branding deadly narcotics with names like ‘XXX’ and ‘Maserati.’ The idea that more than 20 pounds of this deadly substance was being sold in a residential neighborhood is both infuriating and terrifying."