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Houston Co-Op Apartments drug seizure: 50 pounds of fentanyl found in Khawaja Mansoor Munir’s unit, records show

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A man accused of dozens of kilos of fentanyl in his apartment near the Texas Medical Center is now on bond.

Khawaja Mansoor Munir, 41, is charged with possession with intent to deliver and manufacture of a controlled substance. He was arrested Thursday and posted his $75,000 bond Sunday.

Authorities told ABC13 that about 50 pounds of fentanyl, including about 20 pounds of methamphetamine and smaller amounts of heroin, were found in his second-floor unit at the Co-Op Apartments on Main Street near Kirby .

“Thinking about it, if it wasn’t found, makes me nervous,” said Dr. Asim Shah, professor and executive director of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. “There was so much fentanyl, as you mentioned, that it could have killed so many people. It’s very scary.”

Multiple agencies were involved in the search of Munir’s apartment, which lasted more than 12 hours. It is unclear what specifically Munir was doing with these drugs.

Court records show Munir faced a similar charge, but for a smaller amount of drugs last year. The charges were dropped in January, with court documents citing “insufficient evidence.”

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, one kilogram of fentanyl could kill half a million people. One kilogram is approximately 2 pounds. The 52 pounds of fentanyl found in Munir’s apartment weighed approximately 23.58 kilograms. By DEA calculations, that’s more than 11 million people who could have died.

“It’s scary because of the amount you mentioned,” Dr. Shah said. “It’s scary because it’s so close to the population. It’s scary because it’s so close to the medical center. It’s scary because it was so close to the main area and no one there ‘found it. I’m so happy they were able to find it.’

As little as 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal, the DEA reports.

Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine and can be used to control pain in hospitalized patients.

Dr. Shah said one of the many problems with fentanyl, like what was found in Munir’s apartment, is that it is unregulated. He said the power can vary.

“Because there is no quality control, there is no control,” Dr. Shah said. “It could be more dangerous.”

Munir is expected to return to court on July 10.

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