DEA Agents Take Record 1,000,000 Fentanyl-Laced Tablets from California

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), announced Thursday’s record-breaking seizure in Inglewood of one million counterfeit pills laced fentanyl.

DEA agents issued a federal search warrant July 5th, which led to the seizing of 1 million fentanyl tablets. These fentanyl-laced drugs were connected to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel. After conducting an investigation into the drug trafficking organisation since May, agents executed the search warrant.

This is the biggest bust of fentanyl that DEA agents in California have seized so far. The fake fentanyl pills were reportedly worth $15 to $20 million.

NEW DEA Los Angeles announced a seizure in Inglewood of one million fake pills containing fentanyl. This is the biggest fentanyl bust that the DEA ever conducted in CA. These pills were believed to have been distributed by traffickers linked to the Sinaloa cartel. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/YpBFtq3JGO

— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) July 14, 2022

The fentanyl-laced drugs would be brought into the country via the southern border. They will remain in Southern California for as long as “house managers” can distribute them to dealers elsewhere.

Mexican cartels are “mass-producing illicit fentanyl” and producing fake drugs with fentanyl, according to the DEA. As a result, more than 107,000 Americans died due to drug overdoses last year, according to CDC data.

DEA in greater Los Angeles seized over three million fentanyl tablets last year. From January through April of this year, they have seized roughly 1.5 million fentanyl pills, which is a 64 percent increase over the same period in 2021.

DEA Special Agent in Charge Bill Bodner said:

This massive seizure disrupted the flow of dangerous amounts of fentanyl into our streets and probably saved many lives. These small, seemingly harmless pills pose a serious threat to safety and health in our communities due to their accessibility and deceptive marketing.

Bodner said that a “staggering” number of teenagers and young adults do not know they’re ingesting these fake pills containing fentanyl and have been poisoned .”

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For example, 22-year-old Jordan Erickson of Palmdale, California, passed away after a member of Lock It Out Barbell gym provided him with a fentanyl-laced pill, claiming it was a pain pill to help treat an injury. Erickson was not arrested by authorities in relation to the fentanyl-laced drugs he received.

FULL STORY : Jordan Erickson, 22-year-old on Dec. 31st he injured himself lifting at Lock It Out Barbell in Palmdale, he received what he thought was Oxycodone to treat the pain, from someone at the gym. He took fentanyl the next day, and he was discovered dead. His parents are…(1/2) pic.twitter.com/kaM3DkcXez

— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) March 11, 2021

In Los Angeles County’s neighboring Riverside County, District Attorney Michael Hestrin said fentanyl-related deaths are up more than 800 percent in the past five years.

President Joe Biden’s loose immigration policies are responsible for the increased flow of fentanyl into the country. Four times more fentanyl flows across the southern border under President Joe Biden than it did under Donald Trump.

As Breitbart News reported:

In Fiscal Year 2019, about 2,800 pounds of fentanyl was seized at the border. The following year, that figure capped out at 4,800 pounds of fentanyl seized. By Fiscal Year 2021, which represents most of Biden’s first year in office, fentanyl seizures skyrocketed to about 11,200 pounds.

Drug dealers also use fentanyl to make counterfeit pills and in everyday products like skittles or vape pens.

Reps. Darrell Issa, (R-CA), and Ken Calvert (R–CA) have recently created a congressional caucus to address the fentanyl crisis. Calvert stated, “We need to take a warlike approach against the Americans who are killing Americans.”

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