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DEA announces biggest domestic seizure of meth ever

October 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

MONTEBELLO, CA - OCTOBER 14: Drug Enforcement Administration acting Administrator Timothy J. Shea , along with other law enforcement officials, holds a news conference to announce the largest domestic seizure of methamphetamine in the division's history. According to DEA the seizure of controlled substances, 2,224 pounds of methamphetamine, 893 pounds of cocaine and 13 pounds of heroin occurred on Oct. 2 by agents who served search warrants at multiple narcotic stash houses in Moreno Valley and Perris. The operation was the result of an investigation into a large-scale drug-trafficking organization with ties to the Sinaloa Cartel. warehouse on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 in Montebello, CA. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Drug Enforcement Administration agents seized more than 2,200 pounds of methamphetamine earlier this month, the largest haul in the agency's history domestically, according to officials.

"That's a significant amount of meth," Timothy Shea, the DEA's acting administrator, said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Shea said that the capture of the drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, interrupted the Sinaloa Cartel's operations, making room for rival Jalisco Cartel to rise and clash.

This is enough dope to provide a dose of meth for every man, woman and child in the United States and Mexico," Shea said.

The DEA's focus is to interrupt the drug transportation chain in the cities that account for 75% distribution of all meth distributed in the country, Shea said.

Last month, Attorney General William Barr and Shea announced that in six months of the operation, agents seized more than 28,000 pounds of meth, $43. 3 million in drug proceeds and 284 firearms.

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