Traffic stop leads to arrest of Wellfleet man for deadly fentanyl


Anthony DiAntonio

YARMOUTH – Yarmouth Police report that Tuesday morning at 2:40 AM, Patrol Officers of the 12-8 shift stopped a vehicle for a violation. An on-scene investigation resulted in the arrest of a Wellfleet man for possession of a small amount of the deadly drug fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid pain medication with a rapid onset and short duration of action. It is a potent agonist of opioid receptors in the brain. Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Fentanyl is also used as a recreational drug, leading to thousands of overdose deaths from 2000 to 2017.

Anthony DiAntonio was processed at Yarmouth Police Department Headquarters on charges of Possession of a Class B substance (fentanyl) and was due for arraignment in the Barnstable District Court Tuesday.

Media release and photos furnished by Yarmouth Police

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