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Two arrested in connection with counterfeit drug dealing ring in Ventura, Los Angeles County

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Some of the drugs sezed following a two month long investigation into a counterfeit drug ring operating in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.

More than 50,000 counterfeit pills seized

Detectives say they’ve broken up a major drug dealing ring operating in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives, and investigators from the Ventura County Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit received information that a Los Angeles-based ring was selling counterfeit drugs in the Conejo Valley. The dealers were using social media to help sell the drugs.

The investigation led to the arrest of two 22-year-old men from the LA area, with more arrests expected. Detectives seized more than 50,000 pills. The pills were counterfeit Xanax and M-30 pills. They also seized cocaine, and some other prescriptions medications.

But they say most alarming was the seizure of some fentanyl. Dealers have been mixing it in with other drugs, and it’s the major factor in most of the drug overdoses in the region during the last few years.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.