Authorities on Wednesday, Oct. 19, seized several fentanyl pills hidden inside bags and boxes of candy that a suspect attempted to smuggle through TSA screening at LAX.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Drug Enforcement Agency units at LAX seized roughly 12,000 pills after the suspect went through TSA screening with the drugs concealed in several bags of candy and miscellaneous snacks such as SweeTarts, Skittles and Whoppers, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
“The suspect fled prior to being detained by law enforcement but has been identified and the investigation is ongoing,” the LASD reported.
“With Halloween approaching, parents need to make sure they are checking their kids candy and not allowing them to eat anything until it has been inspected by them. If you find anything in candy boxes that you believe might be narcotics, do not touch it and immediately notify your local law enforcement agency,” LASD officials said in the news release.
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the LASD Narcotics Bureau at 562-946-7125. Anonymous tips can be called in to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at lacrimestoppers.org.