Feds seize 'staggering' amount of fake Adderall pills laced with meth in Rhode Island

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CUMBERLAND, R.I. — Last March, federal drug agents watched secretly as their confidential source met with his supplier of counterfeit Adderall pills, who then arranged for the pickup of 10,000 orange tablets laced with methamphetamine powder. 

Days after the drug buy, court documents say, federal authorities searched the Cumberland home of 27-year-old Dylan Rodas and another location, where in the basement they discovered a pill mill of “staggering” proportions – with possible ties to a Mexican cartel. 

In total, agents seized about 660,500 counterfeit Adderall pills weighing about 660 pounds — as much as a V8 car engine, said Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Cunha on Monday.

Rodas, who has been held since March 28, agreed to plead guilty to drug trafficking charges in a case that remains an ongoing investigation, Cunha said. 

“We believe this to be the single largest seizure of fake Adderall pills in the United States,” he said, “as well as among the largest seizures of methamphetamine” in New England history. 

Brian Boyle, left, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's New England field division, and Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Zachary Cunha on Monday announce one of the largest seizures in the nation of counterfeit Adderall pills laced with methamphetamine.

The charge of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of the highly addictive methamphetamine carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years imprisonment. 

“The prosecution we announce today, which involves the seizure of what I can only term industrial-scale quantities of meth, is a stark reminder that we cannot be complacent,” Cunha said. “We cannot treat meth as a problem that happens elsewhere.” 

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