ORANGE (CBSLA) – A routine traffic stop in south Orange County netted two kilograms of fentanyl powder and more than 11,000 counterfeit pharmaceutical pills suspected to also contain fentanyl — a haul that may have been smuggled into the United States from Mexico, authorities said Saturday.
The traffic stop occurred Wednesday at approximately 12:10 p.m. when a deputy pulled over a 1990s Ford truck for a vehicle code violation, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department reported.READ MORE: Fox, Hield Lead Kings Over Lakers 141-137 In Triple OT
The department did not reveal the city or street location where the traffic stop occurred.READ MORE: LAPD Releases Video Of Officer Using Taser Gun On Man With Sword
“During a search of the truck, the deputy found a backpack inside the passenger compartment. Upon further inspection, the deputy found a large amount of fentanyl,” according to the statement. “From the fentanyl powder alone, it is estimated approximately 1,000,000 lethal doses of the dangerous opioid were confiscated.”
The driver was taken into custody and arrested on suspicion of transporting and possessing the substance in order to sell it.MORE NEWS: Black Friday: Another High-End Store Is Robbed, Prompting LAPD To Issue City-Wide Tactical Alert
“After a preliminary investigation, it is believed the narcotics were being smuggled into the United States from Mexico,” according to the statement.