$2M worth of 'fentanyl' seized turns out to be sugar, lab says

Published: Aug. 30, 2018 at 5:02 PM EDT
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What officials thought was $2M worth of fentanyl seized in a drug bust turned out to be sugar, a drug testing company said.

On July 13, three people were arrested in a drug raid, and deputies in North Carolina seized what they believed to be 13 pounds of fentanyl.

According to CBS affiliate WREG, the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office tested several samples of a powder-like substance that was found with a Scott Company Drug Testing CSI field test kit and determined that the substance was fentanyl.

However, when the state lab tested the powder again, they realized the error. Results from a private company, NMS, proved that the "fentanyl" was actually sugar.

Fentanyl charges against the three people arrested were then dropped.