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Crime Photos: Postal Authorities Thwart Major Fentanyl Trafficking Network With Pills Smuggled in Toys

crime photos post office thwarts major fentanyl trafficking network
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office

Jun. 21 2023, Published 4:11 p.m. ET

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A federal grand jury has returned a 17-count indictment on two members of the Oak Park Bloods street gang and three other people in connection with a drug trafficking ring in California that allegedly mailed out more than 1 million fentanyl-laced oxycodone pills hidden in children’s toys and dolls, according to authorities.

On June 15, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced the indictment against Marcus Miller, 33; Reginald Jones, 33; Felicia Shaw, 31; Jimmy Van II, 38; and Jazzmine Campbell, 30.

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crime photos post office thwarts major fentanyl trafficking network
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office

The five suspects were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and methamphetamine, in addition to other drug and gun charges, Talbert said.

Officials said the conspirators shipped hundreds of thousands of fentanyl pills around the country for more than a year.

crime photos post office thwarts major fentanyl trafficking network
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office

Law enforcement seized packages shipped by Miller, Jones and their co-conspirators on several occasions, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said, noting investigators found fentanyl pills, often hidden inside children’s toys, in those packages.

According to authorities, law enforcement seized approximately 450,000 fentanyl pills connected to the conspiracy through seized shipments and search warrants.

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crime photos post office thwarts major fentanyl trafficking network
Source: U.S. Attorney's Office

With additional evidence gathered during the investigation, officials estimate the conspirators have shipped more than one million fentanyl pills to customers in several different states.

Officials announced they found hundreds of thousands of fentanyl pills, over $80,000 in cash and 17 firearms during searches connected to the conspiracy. Some of the pills and firearms were hidden inside secret compartments in Miller and Jones' vehicles, authorities said.

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If convicted, all defendants face a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine, authorities said.

This case was part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), a program designed to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high impact areas as well as identifying wholesale distribution networks and international and domestic suppliers.

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