Record Bust: 1 Million Fake Fentanyl-Laced Pills Seized by DEA in California

Record Bust: 1 Million Fake Fentanyl-Laced Pills Seized by DEA in California
Record Bust: 1 Million Fake Fentanyl-Laced Pills Seized by DEA in California

DEA agents said Thursday that about one million counterfeit fentanyl tablets were confiscated during a record-setting seizure in Inglewood.

According to DEA investigators, a record number of counterfeit tablets reported to contain fentanyl were recovered from an Inglewood residence on July 5. The estimated street value of the tablets is between $15 and $20 million.

This marks the largest seizure of fentanyl tablets ever made by the DEA in California, according to the DEA.

Earlier this month, agents with the DEA’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Cell 48 made the arrest during an investigation into a Los Angeles-area drug trafficking group suspected to be affiliated with the Sinaloa Cartel.

During the investigation, the DEA discovered drug couriers and stash house operators from Southern California who were responsible for the distribution.

The DEA has identified the greater Los Angeles region as a key intermodal center where illegal narcotics from over the border are housed in depots, storage facilities, and homes.

The narcotics are then divided into smaller amounts for shipment to neighboring states and distribution to dealers, a process made simpler by the region’s abundance of international airports, highways, bus lines, and trains.

The DEA has not disclosed if any arrests were made, and the investigation into the drug trafficking network continues.

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