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12,000 suspected fentanyl pills loaded inside candy boxes seized at Los Angeles International Airport

The LA County Sheriff’s Department said officers seized 12,000 suspected fentanyl pills loaded inside candy boxes at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday.

The sheriff’s department said a suspect tried to pass through security with several bags of candy and “miscellaneous snacks” at around 7:30 a.m. local time. It was then discovered that the candy bags, which included wrappers for Skittles, Whoppers and Sweetarts, were filled with pills believed to be fentanyl.

The sheriff’s department said the suspect fled before he could be caught, the suspect had been identified, and “the investigation is ongoing.”

A Whoppers candy box full of pills suspected to be fentanyl seized at Los Angeles International Airport.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department


Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is 50 times more potent than heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 107,000 drug overdose deaths in the US in 2021, of which synthetic opioids such as fentanyl accounting for two-thirds, nearly 71,000.

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