Officials warn of ‘purple fentanyl’ being trafficked between Kentucky and Tennessee

Several people were recently indicted for trafficking, importing or selling “purple fentanyl” in Kentucky and Tennessee, officials announced.

The purple substance is a combination of fentanyl and methamphetamine, a news release from the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force said. Dealers have used Interstate 65 and “backroads” between Nashville and Kentucky to transport it, including parts of Sumner and Robertson counties in Tennessee. 

One person from Kentucky was recently indicted for dealing purple fentanyl and meth, the release said. Four Kentucky residents and one Tennessee resident were also indicted for trafficking and importing fentanyl into Franklin County, Kentucky. The release did not specify when the indictments were made.

Agencies across Tennessee have contacted the drug force to report purple fentanyl in their areas, according to the release.

“This substance is very dangerous,” task force director Jacky Ray Hunt said in the release. “If anyone comes across a substance like this, please call your local law enforcement agency and report it. 

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