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Posted on: February 18, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Operation “Winter is Coming”



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Operation “Winter is Coming”
Station Area:Riverside County
Written Date:February 18, 2021Time:2:00 PM
Incident Date:OngoingTime:N/A
Incident Location:Multiple Location Throughout Riverside County
Reporting Officer:Lieutenant Sam Morovich
File Number(s):Multiple


Over the last six weeks, narcotic units led by the Riverside Sheriff’s Department - Special Investigations Bureau have conducted operations throughout Riverside County targeting deadly illegal drugs, such as fentanyl, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. In partnership with our federal, local, and state partners, the narcotic units were able to seize the following: over 355 pounds of cocaine, 29 pounds of heroin, 589 pounds of methamphetamine, and $1,067,000 US dollars. Additionally, in excess of 121,000 fentanyl “M30” pills were seized.

Riverside County has been experiencing an influx of overdoses specifically related to fentanyl distribution within M30 pills. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine! All drugs and counterfeit pills are themselves deadly because they are often mixed with fentanyl or a derivative of fentanyl. These substances alone or mixed together can kill in very small doses!

The Riverside Sheriff’s Department – Special Investigations Bureau is dedicated to proactively help communities throughout Riverside County stay safe from the potential deadly effects of illicit narcotics.

Anyone with questions about this operation can contact the Riverside Sheriff's  Department – Special Investigation Bureau office at (951) 955-1700.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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