Overdose death leads cops to counterfeit drug stash

Police arrested 2 men and seized counterfeit drugs, cash and guns

Police said they seized drugs, guns and cash during the arrest of 2 suspects connected with a 24-year-old man's overdose death. (PPB)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Police said they seized drugs, guns and cash during the arrest of 2 suspects connected with a 24-year-old man’s overdose death.

Gino Miller died on August 16 after taking a pill investigators initially thought was OxyContin, but turned out to be a secretly-manufactured counterfeit pill, police said.

It may be laced with Fentanyl, but police are waiting for lab results to come in.

Alfred Darrell Warren, 42, and Antonio Irving Benjamin, 44, were arrested in connection with an overdose death. (PPB)
Alfred Darrell Warren, 42, and Antonio Irving Benjamin, 44, were arrested in connection with an overdose death. (PPB)

Investigators with Portland Police Bureau’s Drugs and Vice Division said the pills probably came from China.

On August 19 police arrested 44-year-old Antonio Irving Benjamin and 42-year-old Alfred Darrell Warren in connection with the case. Officers seized around 2,000 pills believed to be a mixture of counterfeit Oxycontin, 3 handguns — 2 of which were reported stolen — and a shotgun, $10,000 in cash and other drug-related items.

Benjamin was charged with second-degree manufacturing and delivery of a counterfeit controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, attempt to elude by vehicle, possession and delivery of Oxycodone.

Warren was arrested and charged with delivery and possession of Oxycodone.

They could face federal prosecution once PPB completes its investigation. Miller’s overdose death was the 30th the bureau investigated so far this year.

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