Park City police warn of 'controlled substances' received in community

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PARK CITY — Park City police warned the community Friday about "controlled substances" that have infiltrated the city in connection with at least one of the teens involved in the 2016 "pink" overdose of two 13-year-old boys.

An investigation conducted by the Summit County Attorney's Office, Summit County Sheriff's Office and Park City Police Department revealed an overseas shipment and receipt of "controlled substances and synthetic controlled substances," the agencies said in an emailed statement.

The substances were ordered via the darknet and mailed into Park City. The shipment involved at least one of the Park City teens tied to the 2016 shipment of "pink" — a highly dangerous synthetic opioid.

Some of the packages were intercepted, but it is still unknown what other substances were received and distributed in the community, according to Summit County officials. The packages intercepted did not contain "pink."

"Pink," which can be a white powder or mixed in a liquid form, can be deadly even in small doses, police said. Even contact with a person's skin from the drug can be fatal.

"Parents are urged to talk to their children about the possible presence of these dangerous and deadly substances and be alert to suspicious packages being received in the mail or from shipping services," officials said in an emailed statement.

Those who find suspicious packages, substances or paraphernalia should treat them with extreme caution and avoid touching them at all costs, Summit County officials cautioned.

The Summit County Attorney's Office is screening and filing charges in the case, but the identity of the people charged will not be released, they said.

Editor's Note: initially reported that the intercepted packages contained the synthetic opioid "pink." This story has been updated to reflect that the type of substance has not been released. This story has also been updated to reflect that Summit County Attorney's Office is screening and filing charges, and not filed charged already.

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