A family in Arizona bought a toy that was worth far more than they paid for when they discovered more than 5,000 pills believed to be fentanyl inside the doll.
Phoenix police said Saturday that the boy’s parents purchased a Glo Worm from a thrift store in El Mirage, Arizona. The parents were cleaning the toy when they found a sandwich bag full of drugs, according to police.
Police said the family immediately reported their discovery and turned the drugs over to authorities.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is often mixed with other illicit drugs like heroin and cocaine that causes euphoria-like effects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids increased more than 16 percent between 2018 and 2019, according to the CDC.
Law enforcement officials used the incident as a reminder for parents to inspect all open and used toys.
It was not the first time that illicit drugs had been found in children’s toys.
In 2015, a New Jersey mom bought a $ 500 “handmade” mermaid doll filled with cocaine on Etsy. Investigators later determined that the Alabama-based Etsy store used mer-baby dolls as a front for drug smuggling.