October 22, 2020
Tons of illegal drugs intercepted dealing blow to cartels
SOUTHLAND – (INT) – Tons of illicit drugs will not reach users in the Inland Empire and Southern California.

The DEA announced Wednesday it has made the largest domestic seizure of crystal methamphetamine in its history.

Beginning in June, Fontana police began comparing notes with a DEA task force about a large-scale drug trafficking organization with ties to the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel involved in the transportation and delivery of large quantities of cocaine and crystal methamphetamine.

Ultimately, stash houses in Moreno Valley and Perris were identified and search warrants executed.

Twenty-five duffle bags were found in the garage of one residence containing approximately 406 kilograms of cocaine, six kilograms of heroin, and 650 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

During a search of the narcotics stash house in Perris, agents located approximately 1,600 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.

With an estimated wholesale value of the narcotics at 19.5 million dollars and an estimated street value of 58 million dollars, the DEA asserts the drug traffickers will be impacted in their day to day operations.

“The largest DEA domestic seizure of methamphetamine in history is a significant blow to the cartels, but more importantly it is a gigantic victory for communities throughout Southern California and the United States who have had to deal with the torrent of methamphetamine coming into their neighborhoods,” said Acting DEA Administrator Timothy Shea.

Earlier in a separate seizure, U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped a truck crossing from Mexico into the United States at the San Diego Otay Mesa and found 3,014 pounds of methamphetamine and other drugs, the agency said.
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