SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - Three people were arrested in San Francisco last week for the manufacturing of fake prescription pills laced with Fentanyl.
Kia Zolfaghari, his wife Candelaria Vasquez and King Edward Harris II are facing federal charges, according to the U.S. Attorney General’s Office.
Federal prosecutors say Zolfaghari allegedly made Fentanyl-laced pills in his Sunset District apartment using a pill press and distributed them to customers across the country.
His wife is accused of delivering drug packages and laundering drug money into her bank account.
Harris is accused of selling the Fentanyl-laced pills to an undercover agent.
The trio was arrested Friday after selling more than 1,500 pills to an undercover agent over the course of six transactions since last November.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid considered 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
Fake prescription pills laced with Fentanyl are responsible for a number of recent overdoses in the Bay Area and deaths in the Sacramento area.