Sheriff gives details on major fentanyl bust in Clay County

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. — Two people were arrested after a drug bust of 8,350 grams of fentanyl in Clay County Wednesday afternoon.

That is enough to kill 4,175,000 people, according to press release by Clay County.


Jason Setzer from Orange Park and Alvin Mercado Jr. from Fleming Island both face charges of conspiracy to traffic fentanyl.

Jason Setzer and Alvin Mercado Jr.

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According to a police report, police seized the 2 kilograms of fentanyl, which a local doctor says is enough to kill 1 million people.

Drugs, as well as guns, are part of the evidence.

Investigators say Setzer and Mercado were shipping the drugs from California through the U.S. Postal Service to Fleming Island. From there, they would go to Orange Park and distribute them in every corner.

According to the briefing, cash was sent back to California. Drugs were shipped over the Mexico border into Cali. This case could rise to federal charges and others are expected to be arrested.

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The Sheriff’s Office says a third arrest linked to the bust will be announced during the briefing.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is expected to be at the briefing as well. Last week, she pushed awareness about the threat of fentanyl statewide.

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