DEA was searching for fentanyl at Shelby County apartment

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Federal agents executed a search warrant at a Shelby County apartment Thursday looking for fentanyl. Agents did seize several different controlled substances but did not test them in the field due to the dangerous nature of fentanyl, so they were not able to say whether or not they found what they were looking for.

According to DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clay Morris, just 25 micrograms of fentanyl can be a lethal dose if ingested or inhaled — that’s the equivalent of about three or four grains of sand. Agents wore hazmat suits while they conducted the search and residents in surrounding apartments were evacuated to a safe distance.

One person was arrested in connection to the executed warrant at another location, and Morris said the search was part of a larger investigation. More arrests are expected as the case develops.


Multiple local agencies assisted with safety and traffic control in the 900 block of Shoal Run Trail off 119 and 280 during the search.

The entrance to Shoal Run Trail was blocked for several hours, preventing some residents from getting to their homes. Fire departments were on hand to ensure the safety of first responders and residents.

Capt. Hartley with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says the DEA was executing the search warrant from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There was a designated place at the Shoal Run Trail clubhouse for displaced residents.

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