Hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs seized in countywide operations

Since the start of the year, a series of law enforcement raids throughout Riverside County netted roughly 1,000 pounds of illicit drugs, including large quantities of fentanyl-based narcotics, authorities said Friday, Feb. 29. Operation “Winter Is Coming” has been underway for six weeks, resulting in a flurry of search warrants served mainly by sheriff’s personnel and supported by state, federal and municipal law enforcement agencies, according to sheriff’s Lt. Sam Morovich. Narcotics units seized 355 pounds of cocaine, 29 pounds of heroin, 589 pounds of methamphetamine and more than $1 million in cash, Morovich said. He said special emphasis has been placed on finding fentanyl suppliers, culminating in just more than 121,000 fentanyl derivatives, mostly so-called “M30
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