DENVER — Denver police have arrested three people in connection with the cleanup of a fentanyl pill manufacturing facility that had the capacity to produce 20,000 pills per day, the department announced Wednesday.

Tashon Roberts, 33; Coleman Phillips, 34; and Imani Hale, 28, were arrested in May after police — with assistance from Homeland Security Investments and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration — searched a home in the 1800 block of South Olathe Street in Aurora, seizing five pill presses and other equipment used in the production of fentanyl pills, a news release said.

During the May police operation, officers also found three children in the home, one of whom tested positive for exposure to fentanyl, leading to child abuse charges against all three suspects, police said.

“The ‘One Pill Can Kill’ warning is absolutely true, and the dismantling of this fentanyl pill manufacturing operation may have saved lives by eliminating a significant supply of fentanyl pills in our community,” Denver Police Chief Ron Thomas said in the release. “Our detectives did an incredible job exposing the operation and those behind it, and we will continue to aggressively pursue anyone found manufacturing or trafficking illegal narcotics in Denver.”

All three suspects face multiple felony charges. Roberts and Coleman had outstanding warrants for unrelated charges at the time of their arrests, Denver police said.

According to data from the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, there were 598 drug-related deaths in Denver alone in 2023, and 389 of those deaths involved fentanyl.


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