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Myers to join DoJ press conference about 'major milestone' to stop fentanyl from entering U.S.

WASHINGTON--North Dakota U.S. Attorney Chris Myers will be attending a press conference at the Department of Justice along side Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning "to announce a major milestone to stop d...

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Acting U.S. Attorney in the District of North Dakota, Chris Myers, delivers a press conference regarding federal drug charges against a Columbian national related to the overdose death of Bailey Henke on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Grand Forks, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Forum News Service)

WASHINGTON-North Dakota U.S. Attorney Chris Myers will be attending a press conference at the Department of Justice along side Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning "to announce a major milestone to stop deadly fentanyl and other opiate substances from entering the United States."

The press conference will be streamed live at justice.gov/live beginning at 9 a.m. Central time and 8 a.m. Mountain time.

Fentanyl is a powerful and often deadly synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. The drug comes predominantly in a white powdery or pill form, and can easily be mistaken for other street level drugs including heroin and cocaine, and is often mixed with one.

Earlier this month, Dickinson Police Chief Dustin Dassinger took to Facebook to warn citizens about a "potent string of fentanyl laced heroin circulating throughout the community"

"In the past few weeks there have been multiple overdoses and two deaths associated with this string of heroin. If you use this heroin you will die," Dassinger said in the video posted on Oct. 5.

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Details of the press conference are sparse, but the DOJ said in a press release that the announcement would be "to announce law enforcement actions."

Also attending the press conference will be: Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Criminal Division, Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson, Acting ICE Deputy Director Peter T. Edge, a representative of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, U.S. Attorney D. Michael Hurst Jr. for the southern district of Mississippi and U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams for the District of Oregon.

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