Norco drug bust nets record $33 million worth of meth, feds say

Authorities seized a record $33 million worth of methamphetamine during a recent raid in Norco, federal officials said.

About 3,552 pounds of methamphetamine and 145 pounds of cocaine were seized by the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s Los Angeles Field Division and the Fontana Police Department during the late September raid, according to authorities.

The meth haul was a record for federal narcotics officers based in Los Angeles.

Officials said they were tracking a drug trafficking ring believed to be part of Mexico’s Sinaloa crime cartel at the time of the arrest.

Investigators located a stash in Norco, authorities said, and during a raid discovered the meth cache in the garage with an estimated street value of $33 million.

“Synthetic drugs like methamphetamine are highly addictive, dangerous, and killing people at an alarming rate,” said Bill Bodner, LA DEA’s acting special agent. “This massive seizure likely saved lives and prevented the Sinaloa Cartel from doing business and benefiting from the lives of the people in our communities.”

Authorities said Los Angeles is “a major transit hub where illicit drugs arriving from the southwest border are stored in local warehouses, storage units and apartment buildings,” and bulk shipments arriving in the area are usually broken up into smaller quantities and thither distributed local and foreign merchants.

Fontana police said investigations into the drug ring were ongoing.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-06/norco-drug-bust-nets-33-million-worth-of-meth-a-new-record-for-federal-authorities-in-l-a Norco drug bust nets record $33 million worth of meth, feds say

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