COVINGTON, Ky. -- At least one person faces charges related to trafficking Gray Death -- a powerful heroin-laced drug -- in Northern Kentucky, according to Assistant Chief Brian Steffen.
The charge is a part of a major drug bust in which more than 50 people face charges ranging from trafficking carfentanil to methamphetamine, according to Covington police.
The nine month investigation targeted narcotics dealers who are either Covington residents or visit Covington to sell drugs. Some of the cases occurred within 1,000 feet of a school, police said.
The suspects are charged with trafficking heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, Gray Death, cocaine, crack cocaine and methamphetamine, police said.
Gray Death is seven times more potent than morphine, according to Hamilton County Coroner’s Office spokesman Terry Daley. It is typically light or gray in color and powdery. It got the name "Gray Death" because it can resemble cement.
Steffen said the drugs are among “the worst of the worst.”
“Heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil -- which is highly toxic and extremely dangerous -- not only to people who ingest it but to first responders who have to deal with it on the street,” Steffen said.
“Exposure on the skin, or inhalation on any one of those substances can overdose and kill a first responder, so it’s extremely important for us to get that stuff off the streets and to bring to justice the people who are bringing it into the community.”