Massive methamphetamine bust, largest ever by DEA in U.S., made in Inland Empire

Piled 10 feet high and resting against a large truck, hundreds of packages containing methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine were put on display Wednesday, Oct. 14, as Drug Enforcement Administration officials announced a pair of their biggest busts ever.

A pair of recent investigations led to the seizure of more than 5,200 pounds of methamphetamine, believed to be tied to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, said Timothy Shea, acting administrator for the DEA.

The first bust netted more than 2,200 pounds of methamphetamine, 893 pounds of cocaine and 13 pounds of heroin – found, authorities said, in a stash house in Perris and another in Moreno Valley on Oct. 2.

The drugs were on the floor of the two homes, Shea said during a press conference in Montebello, home to one of the federal agency’s facilities.

In Moreno Valley, investigators found methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin in 25 duffel bags in the garage, officials said, but the bulk of the seized drugs were found at the stash house in Perris.

The drugs found have a wholesale value of $18 million, DEA spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said. It was the DEA’s largest methamphetamine haul inside the United States.

Publish : 2020-10-15 11:06:00

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