2 men charged after having enough fentanyl to kill 4.7 million found in van in Buena Park, Calif., DA says

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (KGO) — Prosecutors have charged two men after authorities allegedly found more than 20 pounds (9 kilograms) of fentanyl, nearly 200 pounds (91 kilograms) of cocaine and more than 800 pounds (363 kilograms) methamphetamine in a van in Southern California last month.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Wednesday that Edgar Alfonso Lamas, 36, and Carlos Raygozaparedes, 53, pleaded not guilty to six drug-related counts with enhancements.

If convicted on all counts, both men face a maximum sentence of 37 years and four months in prison.

Each man is being held on $5 million bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June.

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Prosecutors said authorities stopped the van leaving a Buena Park home on March 17.

According to the district attorney’s office, a lethal dose of fentanyl is 2 milligrams. Authorities caught 20.5 pounds, which they say is enough to kill 4.7 million people.

Last November, the Orange County District Attorney announced that a drug dealer or distributor could be charged with murder if it was determined that their drug-related activities resulted in someone’s death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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