- Mitchell Northam The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A Roswell woman is in federal custody after DEA agents raided her home last week and found at least 100 fentanyl pills.
Channel 2 Action News obtained a federal complaint that says a confidential informant told the DEA that Cat Sellers had thousands of fentanyl pills for sale. Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid narcotic used to treat severe pain and it is about 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Drug Enforcement Adminstration.
"(It’s) pretty scary and discouraging," Bob Hayes, a neighbor of Sellers, told Channel 2. "Based on what I read about that whole opioid epidemic, I'm deeply saddened to hear that it's in this neighborhood."
The federal complaint says that, not only did Sellers have thousands of pills for sale, but that many customers were returning pills to her because they were “too strong.” The confidential informant first told the DEA about Sellers in May.
Undercover agents bought 100 fentanyl pills from Sellers on June 13, the federal document says. DEA agents conducted the raid on her home on Weatherburne Drive at 9:30 p.m. the same night. Inside, they seized a Rite Aid bottle filled with about 100 blue fentanyl pills, a .45 caliber handgun and two magazines for the gun.
Dr. Gaylord Lopez, the head of the Georgia Poison Center, told Channel 2 that just one pill of fentanyl can be deadly.
“Fentanyl starts getting into 10 times or greater more potent than heroin,” Lopez told Channel 2. “The classical symptoms could be (a person’s) nervous system starts depressing and more importantly, they stop breathing. If an adult is taking these and suffering life-threatening symptoms, imagine what it could do to a child.”
Jail records show that Sellers spent two days in a Fulton County jail in January for possession of cocaine and other related charges.
A woman who said she was Sellers’ mother gave no comment when she was approached by Channel 2.