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Fake Oxycodone Pills In Central Ohio Filled With Deadly Fentanyl

Charles Williams

Franklin County officials report they have discovered pills sold on the streets that were marked as oxycodone were actually counterfeit and contain fentanyl instead. 

Juan Antonio Mendoza, 26, faces indictment on one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, and a count of aggravated possession of drugs. Mendoza already faced indictment for possessing and trafficking oxycodone and heroin. 

Columbus police stopped him in his car last fall, and they found multiple pounds of methamphetamine and heroin, along with two guns. Mendoza also had hundreds of what appeared to be oxycodone pills. 

Lab work on the pills recently came back showing they contained fentanyl, a potent opioid that led to more than 1,000 overdose deaths in Ohio last year.

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.