Police seize enough fentanyl Friday to kill every man, woman and child in Panama City

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PANAMA CITY — Police confiscated almost 90 grams — the equivalent of more than 43,000 lethal doses — of the deadly drug fentanyl and arrested one man during a traffic stop on Louisiana Avenue on Friday evening.

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According to a Panama City Police Department news release, Shakeel Charles, 32, was charged with trafficking in fentanyl, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, tampering with evidence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Charles was in possession of 86.9 grams of fentanyl, 8.4 grams of cocaine and 17.4 grams of methamphetamine, PCPD reported. 

Shakeel Charles

The fentanyl allegedly discovered by officers converts to 86,900 milligrams, with a mere two milligrams considered a lethal dose, according to the American Addiction Centers. The fentanyl was enough to kill more than 43,000 people. To put that in perspective, the population in Panama City proper was a little more than 36,000 residents in 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

A comparison of a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl next to a penny is shown here.

Panama City police have administered Narcan 15 times so far in 2021 to people overdosed on fentanyl, the release said. The rapid administration of Narcan can effectively save the lives of fentanyl users.

Anyone having information in this case is urged to call the Panama City Police Department at 850-872-3100 or report tips anonymously via smartphone by downloading the “Panama City PD” Tip411 app from the iOS or Google Play stores.