MURRIETA– A males and female were presumably caught carrying more than four pounds of fentanyl in Murrieta, authorities stated Wednesday.
Cristobal Chavez, 45, and Yesica Hernandez, 39, both of Los Angeles, were apprehended Tuesday night on suspicion of transport of narcotics for sale. They were booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.
According to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, members of the county’s Gang Effect Group, that includes D.A.’s workplace private investigators, were tipped that Chavez and Hernandez were supposedly bringing an amount of fentanyl into the county, prompting the group to track the pair down.
The suspects were found on Murrieta Hot Springs Road, near the 215 Freeway, where they were stopped and browsed. Roughly 4 1/2 pounds of powdered fentanyl was seized throughout the search, according to the D.A.’s office.
” It only takes about two milligrams of fentanyl to potentially be deadly for many people,” according to a company declaration. “For point of view of how small that amount is, it takes 5,000 milligrams to make one teaspoon.”
The county, like other parts of the state and country, has actually been inundated with the synthetic opioid, which authorities say is manufactured in China and smuggled across the border with Mexico. Between 2018 and 2020, the number of lethal fentanyl overdoses increased 300% countywide, according to Sheriff Chad Bianco.
The D.A.’s office stated the delivery took in Murrieta has a street value of $200,000.
Specifics on how the examination developed and culminated in the seizure were not revealed.
In the last 2 weeks, three county homeowners have actually been charged with second-degree murder in connection with deaths from fentanyl toxicity.
Last month, Bianco and D.A. Mike Hestrin announced an aggressive strategy to punish dealerships, all of whom, they said, would be examined and possibly prosecuted for murder in cases where individuals overdosed and passed away from fentanyl that the suspects provided.