SAN FRANCISCO—Three people were arrested and accused of manufacturing and selling fentanyl illegally. The three people had an alleged fentanyl manufacturing operation in the Sunset District. According to federal prosecutors, Kia Zolfaghari, 39, of San Francisco allegedly had a pill press in his Sunset District apartment on 44th Avenue. He was making and selling oxycodone pills of fentanyl. Fentanyl is a highly potent and cheap opiate.
He received the help of his wife Candelaria Dagandan Vasquez, 38, of San Francisco and King Edward Harris II, 34, of Oxnard. The pills were sold online. According to CBS San Francisco, Brian J. Stretch, attorney for the United States, the three were arrested on Friday, June 10 after they sold 1,500 pills to a person in law enforcement. According to investigators, Harris hand delivered the drugs twice to the agent.
Vazquez is accused of working with with Zolfaghari and helped carry out his drug trafficking operation. She delivered packages of pills and mailed them out. She also used her bank account to accept payments. Harris made sales over the phone. According to United States Attorney Brian J. Stretch, Vazquez, Harris and Zolfaghari will be charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and federal conspiracy to distribute.
Fentanyl is 50 times a powerful as heroin. Fentanyl is linked to a spike of fatal overdoes in California.
According to CBS San Francisco, back in April, 14 people in Sacramento overdosed and died after taking fake prescription painkillers.