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Over 100 Pounds of Drugs Worth $1.6 Million Seized by Authorities in Orange County

The seizure was the latest breakthrough in an ongoing investigation that began in March, officials said.

An investigation that originated in Orange County four months ago has led to the seizure of 184 pounds of drugs with a street value of $1.6 million, OC Undersheriff Don Barnes said Friday.

The ongoing investigation involving multiple Orange County law enforcement agencies, as well as the FBI, has also resulted in the confiscation of five guns and the arrests of two suspects on April 29 and July 10, he said.

One of the suspects is from New Jersey and the other is a Mexican national from Sinaloa, Mexico. Sheriff's officials are withholding the names of the suspects as they believe it may compromise the ongoing investigation, Barnes said.

Investigators believe the confiscated drugs would have hit the streets in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, but authorities also seized 18 pounds of methamphetamine that was on its way to Northern California.

The bust has had "a significant impact" on the local drug trade, Barnes told City News Service.

"This is a significant seizure and it will have an impact on the narcotics on the street level," he said.

Authorities seized 68 pounds of methamphetamine, 26 pounds of fentanyl, 88 pounds of heroin and about two pounds of cocaine.

"Everything is trending now," Barnes said of the variety of drugs seized. "It's dealer's choice, or your drug of choice. We're seeing an increase of all [drugs]."

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