FBI and Law Enforcement Leaders Target Fentanyl Dealers in Crackdown

Law enforcement is cracking down on fentanyl dealers with new federal cases and a focus on dark web drug labs.

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are continuing their efforts to track down and prosecute fentanyl dealers, a public health crisis that has led to thousands of overdose deaths in recent years. A new FBI video highlights some of the work being done to disrupt the supply of fentanyl, including operations that have seized more than $51 million and 1,850 pounds of drugs.

At a recent news conference, federal and local law enforcement leaders emphasized their commitment to fighting fentanyl and other opioids. U.S. Attorney Martin Estrada called fentanyl “the most lethal drug we have ever encountered” and announced a dozen new federal cases against alleged drug dealers.

Law enforcement leaders promised a full-on fight to detect, disrupt, and dismantle major criminal drug labs and opioid trafficking on the dark web. They also called for community involvement in stopping the scourge of fentanyl, with FBI spokesperson Don Alway emphasizing the need for everyone to take action.

San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus noted that law enforcement agencies in California alone recovered over 28,000 pounds of fentanyl in 2022. With fentanyl overdoses continuing to rise, law enforcement officials are making it a top priority to crack down on the dealers responsible for supplying this dangerous drug.