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A Georgia man sleeping in his truck was busted in Florida with enough fentanyl to kill the entire population of Flagler and Putnam Counties, officials said Monday.

James Duke, 33, of Kennesaw, Georgia, was arrested at a closed Mobil gas station on the Palm Coast just after 4 a.m. on Sunday, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said.


Deputies had answered an alarm at the gas station and found Duke sleeping in a black Ford Ranger parked behind the building. After a deputy woke him, the duke claimed he was allowed to be there and gave a fake name, the sheriff’s office said.

The deputy eventually learned Duke’s true name and had a non-extradable arrest warrant from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee for his failure to appear in court.

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Deputies arrested Duke for falsely giving a name to law enforcement, resisting or resisting an officer — before making another search while seizing his vehicle.

The sheriff’s office said the deputy found a loaded syringe under a passenger seat and several plastic bags filled with fentanyl inside a fanny pack. The deputy also found empty plastic bags with fentanyl residue inside a suitcase in the truck.

Fentanyl total 338 grams. According to the US Drug Enforcement Administration, two milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal depending on a person’s body size, tolerance and previous use.

The deputy discovered 338 grams of fentanyl and several empty bags of fentanyl residue.

“This is the second time in less than a week that we have found enough fentanyl on a fugitive to kill more than a million people,” said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staley.

Duke was charged with several drug offenses.

“This dirt bag was enough to potentially kill 169,000 people,” Staley continued. “Street grade fentanyl is flooding our country from Mexico and Flagler County is not immune to this poison.”

An electronic weighing scale and tool bag filled with hammers, screwdrivers and wire cutters were also found inside Duke’s vehicle.

Duke was also charged with smuggling fentanyl and possession of drugs with intent to smuggle and steal tools.

Duke was being held on $508,000 bond at Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility.