The Times podcast: The takedown of a dial-up drug network

An officer stands with a photo of counterfeit fentanyl pills
An officer stands in front of a photo showing counterfeit fentanyl pills during a 2021 news conference about a series of criminal cases against alleged drug dealers who sold or provided narcotics to users who suffered fatal overdoses.
(Dania Maxwell/Los Angeles Times)

Beverly Hills resident Ray Mascolo died of a drug overdose in 2020. His passing led investigators to a sprawling, Hollywood-based drug-dealing network with a business model resembling a food delivery app.

We tell this saga today.

Host: L.A. Times courts reporter Michael Finnegan

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