Man arrested, charged after picking up over 100 grams of fentanyl from post office, authorities say

KATY, Texas – A man has been charged with possessing of more than 100 grams of a prescription drug that authorities said were delivered to Texas from China.

Prosecutors in the Harris County Couty said Caleb Poteet, 21, bought 102 grams of fentanyl on an underground internet site and had it delivered to a post office in Katy.

Poteet was arrested Monday afternoon after he picked up the package, prosecutors said.

The post office manager said Poteet had a post office box, and regularly received packages there.

Prosecutors said that when federal agents tried to arrest him, he fled and led them on a car chase.

VIDEO: Harris County fentanyl bust

He was soon picked up and charged with possession with intent to distribute and evading arrest.

Poteet told officers that he had methamphetamine and heroin at his home, police said.

Harris County Precinct 5 officers, federal agents and other law enforcement raided Poteet's home at the Cimarron Parkway Apartments in Katy.

Officials are testing the alleged fentanyl. More changes could be coming.

Poteet is currently in custody.

Officials said the opioid epidemic is growing.

Dealers and users are now apparently mixing it with heroin and cocaine and making it even more destructive.

Several young adults this year have overdosed and died this year after using the potent mixture.

"Oh, it's awful. They have to do something about it. I know it’s bad I have a son that grew up here, he's told me things," resident Terry Schnitzer said.

[Video: Man accused of fentanyl possession appears in court]

Anyone with information about Poteet or the use of illegal drugs is asked to call Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap's office at 281-492-3500.

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