Candy packages confiscated at LAX contained 12,000 fentanyl pills: report

With Halloween just around the corner, state and federal law enforcement authorities say they thwarted the smuggling of a huge stash of deadly fentanyl pills boxed as candy.

On Wednesday morning, narcotics bureau detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as well as DEA agents who work together in an anti-drug task force confiscated about 12,000 suspected opioid tablets in pretend packaging at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint in Los Angeles International Airport.

The suspect somehow managed to get away, but cops have identified this person and presumably, a bust is imminent. Authorities have not revealed the suspect’s destination.

It’s also speculative as to, in general, the degree to which illegal drugs evade detection at LAX or any other airport.

According to a press release from the L.A. sheriff, “The suspect attempted to go through TSA screening with several bags of candy and miscellaneous snacks with the intent of boarding a plane. However, it was discovered that inside the ‘Sweetarts’, ‘Skittles’, and ‘Whoppers’ candy boxes were fentanyl pills and not candy.”

The press release cautioned that “With Halloween approaching, parents need to make sure they are checking their kids candy and not allowing them to eat anything until it has been inspected by them. If you find anything in candy boxes that you believe might be narcotics, do not touch it and immediately notify your local law enforcement agency.”

According to grim data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fentanyl poisoning has become the primary cause of death for Americans in the 18-45 age group.

Unbeknownst to users, fentanyl is frequently mixed with other illicit drugs, leading to disastrous consequences.

With fentanyl overdoses  already rampant, authorities have previously warned that the cartels intend to flood American cities with lethal rainbow-colored fentanyl that targets kids

Fentanyl is also pouring into the U.S. by land from the south across a border that the Biden administration claims is secure.

The opioid is reportedly manufactured in China and trafficked in Mexico.

In late September, a memo circulated among Senate Republicans claimed that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents “seized an unprecedented 10,500 lbs. of the deadly drug in 2021, and seizures have already surpassed 12,000 lbs. so far this year — the most fentanyl ever seized in a single year in the United States. That much fentanyl could kill the entire U.S. population eight times over.”

In August, Fox News reported that “fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine….the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 108,000 people in the U.S. died of drug overdoses between February 2021 and February 2022. Of those, more than 70% involved fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.”

Watch a report on the LAX drug bust aired by KTLA:

All suspects are presumed innocent until or unless they are convicted in a court of law of any alleged crimes.

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