Fentanyl pills disguised as candy bags seized at Los Angeles airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday seized thousands of suspected fentanyl pills hidden in candy boxes at Los Angeles International Airport.

Someone attempted to pass through security with snacks and bags of candy around 7:30 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

“However, it was discovered that inside the boxes of ‘Sweetarts’, ‘Skittles’ and ‘Whoppers’ candy were found fentanyl pills,” the statement said.

About 12,000 pills were seized by sheriff’s detectives and US Drug Enforcement Administration officers assigned to a drug task force at the airport, authorities said.

The suspected trafficker fled but was identified, authorities said.

Authorities recently warned that drug traffickers were hiding fentanyl in candy wrappers and making them rainbow-colored.

“With Halloween approaching, parents should ensure they check their children’s candies and do not allow them to eat anything until they have been inspected by them,” said said the sheriff’s department.

Parents should not touch any suspicious drugs and should call law enforcement immediately, the department said.

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