Large drug bust results in 15 arrests, including Riverside County deputy

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A multi-agency investigation targeting the Sinaloa drug cartel resulted in more than a dozen arrests and the seizure of large amounts of drugs. 

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Operation “Hotline Bling,” which started in 2023, resulted in the arrest of 15 people and the seizure of large amounts of drugs, including methamphetamine and fentanyl.

During the operation, which focused on the Inland Empire, agents seized approximately 376 pounds of methamphetamine, 37.4 pounds of fentanyl, 600,000 fentanyl tablets, 1.4 kilograms of cocaine, and seven firearms. 

The street value of the drugs is estimated at $16 million. According to the DEA, this investigation prevented the distribution of more than 10 million potentially lethal doses of fentanyl within the Inland Empire and throughout the US.

During the operation, which focused on the Inland Empire, agents seized approximately 376 pounds of methamphetamine, 37.4 pounds of fentanyl, 600,000 fentanyl tablets, 1.4 kilograms of cocaine, and seven firearms. 

The street value of the drugs is estimated at $16 million. According to the DEA, this investigation prevented the distribution of more than 10 million potentially lethal doses of fentanyl within the Inland Empire and throughout the US.

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