Man arrested for almost 1,200 grams of fentanyl at Lehigh post office

Published: November 11, 2019 11:23 PM EST
Updated: November 12, 2019 8:48 AM EST

We’ve reported before that a small amount of fentanyl is a deadly dose for anyone. The substance was found going through the U.S. Postal Service in Lee County. It was enough fentanyl to kill more than half a million people.

Friday, Lee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Stephan Carrion-Velazquez,30, after he tried to pick up more than 1,200 grams of fentanyl at Lehigh Acres post office.

The fentanyl was sent through the mail from Puerto Rico, and investigators confiscated it at the post office in Lehigh.

Lee County deputies found Carrion-Velasquez trying to pick up enough fentanyl to kill the entire population of Lehigh Acres. It only takes 2 milligrams to kill one person, and the package sent to the post office was close to 600,000 times the lethal amount.

Fentanyl is something Gerald Phelps worries about, considering he almost lost one of his close friends to the drug.

“I’m happy that he’s alive,” Phelps said. “I really didn’t want him to die. But I told him not to do fentanyl because fentanyl can kill you, and he still wanted to do it.”

Deputies say the supervisor at the post office flagged them to the package. That’s when they brought in a drug-sniffing, K9 unit dog, and the dog signaled that illegal drugs were likely inside.

“It’s unbelievable,” Bernhard Brown said. “I don’t understand how this could happen.”

When Carrion-Velasquez arrived to pick up the package, workers asked him to return an hour later. When he did, deputies pulled him over and had a warrant to search the package.

“I’m glad it’s off the streets because everybody would have passed through down here,” Phelps said. “Nobody needs to die in Lee County.”

It’s unclear if local investigators will go after the individual who mailed the package.

Carrion-Velazquez was booked into Lee County Jail and posted bond Friday, so he’s back on the streets. He is due in court in December.

“Well, I’m concerned that it got this far,” Susanne Vincent said. “You know, how did it get within the postal system? But I’m glad they got it before it got out on the streets.”