A Burbank resident was among more than two dozen people arrested by
the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Glendale Police
Department, which seized more than $1 million worth of raw opium in
an alleged international drug production and smuggling ring.
Shahin Khodagalian of Burbank was among 14 people indicted
Thursday on felony charges of conspiracy and money laundering who
were being held in federal custody.
The ring operated for several years out of a Pacoima car wash,
according to a DEA official. About 88 pounds of raw opium with a
street value of $10 million, $16,000 in cash and several handguns
were seized in the raid, officials said.
The bust was a joint effort by the police department, the DEA, the
FBI and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials