'Gray death' comes to Rochester

May 18, 2018 06:43 AM

There's a deadly new mixture of synthetic drugs on the street and it's made its way to Rochester.

It's called 'gray death' and it is made up of fentanyl and other deadly drugs. 

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"The people from our community are getting it from the dealers in the larger cities...," stated Orleans County District Attorney, Joseph Cardone. 

Authorities say they tracked the drugs back to four drug dealers and three addresses located in Rochester. The addresses are Conkey Avenue, Avenue B, and Radio Street. 

Authorities have arrested Giovanni Serrano, 19, Carlos Serrano,21, Nelvin Martinez,18, and a minor who is only 15 years old.

"It's concerning that kids this age are putting stuff like this out on the street...just motivated by what financial profit they can make on this stuff," stated Cardone. 

After searching their homes, Cardone says police found a fairly large quantity of fentanyl. They also found heroin, marijuana, cash and drug making paraphernalia.

However, Cardone says it's not heroin that is concerning. It's the 'gray death' and it happens to be the first reported discovery in our area.

The drug is so potent - and potentially deadly - that an Ohio police officer overdosed last year from simply handling it.

"It's an extremely lucrative way for drug dealers to make money and frankly that's what they're into...they could care less about people's health and the morality of what they're doing and what they're feeding the public," stated Cardone. 

The Orleans County Major Felonies Crime Taskforce had help from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Rochester Police Department.

"The multi-jurisdictional response is the name of the game. If you're selling dope in Orleans County, Livingston County, Monroe County, we're all working in conjunction as you see today. We're not paying much attention to borders anymore. We're going after the drug dealers," stated Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter. 

Giovanni Serrrano faces the most serious charges in Orleans County: 13 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance.

News10NBC learned he is currently in Monroe County for a felony related to weapons.


Lynette Adams

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