Garden City Police Department announced on April 13, via press release, they had concluded their investigation into the illegal narcotic distribution by 21-year-old Garden City resident Ismael Castro on April 8.
On March 26, GCPD released a notice on their Facebook page, they had received information about an influx of counterfeit pharmaceuticals laced with fentanyl, being distributed.
They added they suspected a correlation between an increase in overdoses and the counterfeit pharmaceuticals.
At around 12:10 a.m. on April 8, GCPD officers stopped a vehicle Castro was driving on the 2800 block of E Mary Street.
During the initial stop, multiple narcotics were seized including alprazolam, oxycodone, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and marijuana, in addition to one firearm.
Castro was taken into custody following the traffic stop and a search warrant was served at Castro’s residence at 1303 Conard Street.
The entire investigation culminated in the following items seized as evidence from the traffic stop and Castro’s residence: 78 alprazolam pills, 24 oxycodone pills, 145 counterfeit oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl, 1.5lbs of marijuana, three firearms, and scales and packaging material indicative of the distribution of illegal narcotics.
Castro is lodged in the Finney County Jail on charges for Possession of Stimulant, Distribution of Opiates, Distribution of Marijuana, Distribution of Depressants and Driving under the Influence.