The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Los Angeles Field Division seized approximately 1 million fake pills containing fentanyl in California. This record-breaking bust is the largest seizure of fentanyl pills DEA has made in California.

In May, the DEA and other law enforcement organizations began investigating a Los Angeles-area drug trafficking organization believed to be linked to the Sinaloa Cartel. During the investigation, DEA agents identified Southern California narcotic couriers and stash house managers who were responsible for distributing narcotics to other drug distributors in the area.

A federal search warrant was executed at an Inglewood residence resulting in the seizure of approximately 1 million fake pills containing fentanyl. The seized fake pills were intended for retail distribution and have an estimated street value of $15 to $20 million dollars.

“This massive seizure disrupted the flow of dangerous amounts of fentanyl into our streets and probably saved many lives,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Bill Bodner. 

The greater Los Angeles area is a major shipment hub where illegal drugs coming from the southwest border are stored in local warehouses, storage units, and residential properties, according to the DEA.

The bulk shipments of drugs are usually broken down into smaller quantities and transported to other states or distributed to local dealers. The greater Los Angeles area has many international airports, freeways, and bus and train lines that make it easy for shipments to be smuggled to other destinations.