Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane

Fentanyl Lab Bust by Balboa Pier, Massive Law Enforcement Presence

At about 1pm yesterday, Newport Beach police, Costa Mesa police, and federal agents– both in uniform and undercover– backed by Hazmat teams raided an apartment-turned-drug-lab near Great Mex on Balboa Peninsula for Fentanyl production.  Fentanyl is a powerful opioid that ranks somewhere between 50 to 100 times deadlier than heroin, depending on the batch.

Residents reported a wide array of enforcement groups, including at least 6 Fire Trucks, assorted Crime Scene Units, Hazmat, Police, Undercover Agents, Federal Investigators, NBPD, CMPD, Bomb Squad, Gang Investigation units, many Ambulances, and other government groups responding to the area.

The authorities were taken to the scene by the criminals themselves, with them posting a picture of themselves holding drugs and cash on Instagram, bragging about their exploits.  The US Attorney’s Office remains vague on the case, saying only that “at least one person, maybe two” are in police custody.  Witnesses at the scene only recorded one apprehension.

Video by Lori Boyle, here: https://youtu.be/fqaqRQlGKPA and here: https://youtu.be/k1ntV_imEQI

Photos here:

Hazmat Bust, photo by Chris Clarizio
Hazmat Bust, photo by Chris Clarizio
Hazmat Bust photo by Lori Boyle
Hazmat Bust photo by Lori Boyle
Hazmat Bust photo by Lori Boyle
Hazmat Bust photo by Lori Boyle
Hazmat Bust photo by Lori Boyle
Hazmat Bust photo by Lori Boyle
Hazmat Bust photo by Lori Boyle
Hazmat Bust photo by Lori Boyle
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane
Hazmat Bust photo by Shawn Dewane

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