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Huntington Beach police confiscate $3.5 million in drugs, 2 arrested

About $3.5 million in drugs confiscated by the Huntington Beach Police Department.
About $3.5 million were seized by the Huntington Beach Police Department.
(Courtesy of Huntington Beach PD)

About $3.5 million in drugs are now off the streets, following the arrest of two individuals suspected of drug trafficking by the Huntington Beach Police Department earlier this month.

The department said in a statement released Thursday that Huntington Beach police were conducting an investigation on a large drug trafficking organization based in Mexico. Officers learned of drug pick-ups throughout Southern California, including parts of Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

Investigators determined the traffickers were shipping large amounts of drugs across state lines and into the state of New York.

The investigation took place over the last 30 days and is currently ongoing, according to the police. Details on the suspects, including names, ages and cities of origin, have been withheld by law enforcement officials.

Jennifer Carey, a spokeswoman for the department, said the arrests occurred between June 7 and June 9.

Police said the two suspects were arrested after a period of surveillance of multiple identified locations. One suspect was arrested in Compton and was found to be in possession of about two kilograms of cocaine. That suspect was arrested on suspicion of possession with the intent to sell, while the second was arrested on suspicion of transporting and possession with the intent to sell.

The second suspect was stopped in San Bernardino County with the help of California Highway Patrol officers and found to be in possession of about 138 kilograms of cocaine and heroin; 12 pounds of methamphetamine and over 1,000 fentanyl pills.

Carey said in an email Thursday that both suspects were booked in their respective counties of arrest. One is released on bail, while the other was released pending charges being filed.

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