It was an unprecedented drug seizure. The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) this week showed the results of a large operation in Southern California that resulted in the largest national methamphetamine seizure in the history of this specialized anti-drug agency.
A total of 1,008 kilos of methamphetamine were seized in an operation on October 2 during an investigation of a drug trafficking organization linked to the Sinaloa cartel, the DEA said in a statement. The investigation included search warrants for narcotics stash houses in the cities of Moreno Valley and Perris in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles.
#DEA Acting Administrator Timothy J. Shea, Special Agent in Charge Bill Bodner & local law enforcement discussing the largest domestic methamphetamine seizure in #DEA history. Approx. 893 pounds of cocaine, 13 pounds of heroin & 2,224 pounds of methamphetamine. pic.twitter.com/gdeO80nGNK
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It also seized 405 kilograms of cocaine and 5.9 kilograms of heroin. DEA acting chief Timothy J. Shea and other officials showed evidence of the seizure during a press conference at a DEA warehouse in Montebello. “The largest national DEA methamphetamine seizure in history is a major blow to the cartels, but more importantly it is a giant victory for communities across Southern California and the United States that have had to deal with the flood of methamphetamine coming into their neighborhoods,” Shea said.
Bill Bodner, special agent in charge of the DEA’s Los Angeles Field Division, said Los Angeles is a major transshipment hub for Mexican cartels trafficking illegal drugs across the southwest border. “Successful seizures like these save lives and reduce the exploitation and victimization of our local communities,” Bodner added. The large DEA raid came just a week before another large methamphetamine seizure.