Escondido, CA

14 arrested in fentanyl ring

Fourteen suspects have been arrested by Sheriff’s deputies and the Narcotics Task Force as part of an investigation into overdoses of fentanyl.

Earlier this summer, San Diego Sheriff’s deputies responded to about ten calls for service regarding suspected fentanyl overdoses in North County tribal communities.

Sheriff’s Narcotic Division detectives responded and conducted an extensive investigation into the origin of the deadly fentanyl.  Key to this investigation was the cooperation of the community; including  concerned parents,  grandparents and other tribal members who had lost loved ones.

As a result of this collaboration,  Sheriff’s Detectives identified the sources of supply who live in Fallbrook and Escondido.  Sheriff’s Detectives with assistance from the San Diego Integrated Narcotics Task Force arrested approximately 14 suspects, with several cases being reviewed for prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for drug trafficking.

To this date, the following items have been seized:

  • 2,443 grams of heroin.
  • 862 grams of methamphetamine.
  • 60 grams of cocaine.
  • Multiple M30 counterfeit Oxycontin pills (suspected fentanyl).
  • Approximately $90,000 USD.
  • One 7.62 Daniel Defense AR-15 style rifle.
  • One 2019 Toyota 4Runner SUV.

The Times-Advocate has been told that this investigation is on-going.

One response to “14 arrested in fentanyl ring”

  1. Janet Osborne says:

    I know the spot. There is no question the driver of the SUV is totally at fault. The motorcycle had the right of way. Since it pulled out right before the bike was there-it’s clear he either was NOT paying attention or he is too blind to be driving any vehicle. Another senseless death that should never have happened.

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