Fulton County

'The Mexican cartel is shipping synthetic drugs to Georgia,' attorney says

NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — The Drug Enforcement Agency has a new warning about deadly counterfeit pills on the streets of Atlanta.

U.S. Attorney John Horn told Channel 2's Dave Huddleston the Mexican cartel is shipping synthetic drugs, which contain the deadly substance fentanyl, to Georgia.

Horn is concerned some of the most dangerous drugs on the market may have landed in north Fulton County.

In June, DEA agents arrested Cathine Lavina Sellers, 38. Horn says she was selling drugs out of her Roswell home.

She's charged with possession with the intent to distribute fentanyl and two synthetic opioids, as well as another popular synthetic drug, Roxicodone.

"They're so potent even taking one pill can create an overdose and death,” Horn said.


Horn says as part of their investigation, an undercover agent bought 100 pills from Sellers.

He told Huddleston some of the deadly pills are currently on the street right now.

"The investigation did indicate that some of the pills had been sold before her arrest which is why we are putting out the advisory," Horn said.

Due to the arrest, the U.S. attorney’s office and Atlanta DEA are issuing a public warning regarding these counterfeit pills.

A similar warning was issued just last month when fake Percocet pills caused numerous overdoses in the Macon area.

Five overdose deaths have been linked to those fake Percocet pills.