$1.5 million worth of fentanyl seized by investigators in Riverside County

The Riverside County Gang Impact Team seized more than $1.5 million worth of fentanyl-laced drugs in the past two weeks, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

About 40,000 M30 pills containing fentanyl, five kilograms of fentanyl powder and three firearms were found in the seizure, prosecutors said.

The surgery took place as part of three separate investigations conducted by the Riverside County gang unit over a two-week period.

Fentanyl is an artificial synthetic opiate known to be highly addictive and cheaper than other opiates. It is also 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the press release.

Prosecutors noted that this is an ongoing investigation, part of Riverside County’s larger effort to stem the flow of fentanyl in the county and save lives.

“Hundreds of people die from fentanyl poisoning in Riverside County each year. Victims, including young people, are illegally given pills they believe to be oxycodone or percocet but instead contain fentanyl,” the press release said. “It only takes two milligrams of fentanyl to be a potentially lethal dose, and one teaspoon contains 5,000 milligrams.”

This seizure comes at a time when California lawmakers are trying to stem the state’s spate of fentanyl overdoses and deaths.

In May, three teenage girls in Los Angeles overdosed after taking fentanyl-laced pills, alarming school districts, which sent parents warning letters about the dangers of fentanyl. Similar warnings were repeated this month in San Diego County, where deaths related to the synthetic drug have risen 2,300% in the region since 2016.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-06-21/1-5-million-worth-of-fentanyl-powder-seized-by-gang-investigators-in-riverside-county $1.5 million worth of fentanyl seized by investigators in Riverside County

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