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Left: On Oct. 14, 2021, Oregon State Police Trooper Adam Miller stopped a white Acura sedan with California license plates after seeing the car failing to properly signal during a lane change on northbound Interstate 5 near mile marker 14. These are counterfeit prescription pills made with fentanyl found in a shoe box in the rear seat, according to court records. The driver, Carlos Alberto Torres, is accused of possession with Intent to distribute controlled substances.

Right: On Feb. 18, 2020, federal agents arrested Leidy Lorena Montenegro Cuenca as she was leaving a business in Clackamas. She was holding a bag that contained these two aluminum fire extinguishers, according to prosecutors. Inside the fire extinguishers, agents found about 55,000 fentanyl pills, according to court records.

The Portland metro is in the midst of an ongoing gun violence crisis – and homicides are already on pace to eclipse last year’s record in the city.