DEA Cracks Down on Sinaloa Cartel, Seizes $16M in Drugs and Arms

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Los Angeles Field Division has announced that their operation called “Operation Hotline Bling” has struck a major blow to the Sinaloa Cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. This operation resulted in at least 15 arrests and a significant seizure of drugs.

The DEA collaborated with various agencies, including the Riverside Police Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service, to launch “Operation Hotline Bling” in March 2023. Through their efforts, approximately 376 pounds of methamphetamine, 37.4 pounds of fentanyl, 600,000 fentanyl tablets, 1.4 kilograms of cocaine, and seven firearms were confiscated. The total street value of the drugs seized is estimated to be $16 million. The seized fentanyl alone was enough to produce 10 million lethal doses.

Riverside Police Chief Larry Gonzalez emphasized the importance of the collaboration between the DEA and local law enforcement in safeguarding the community from the harmful effects of drug distribution. He stated that their joint efforts are crucial for maintaining the safety and prosperity of Riverside, California.

In addition to the drug seizures, three federal indictments were filed against at least six individuals, and approximately 16 state arrest warrants were issued. During the investigation, information regarding a corrupt Riverside County Correctional Deputy was uncovered, leading to the deputy’s arrest with 104 pounds of fentanyl pills.

The deputy, believed to be Jorge Oceguera-Rocha, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sales. If found guilty, he could face a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Written by Staff Reports

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