Law enforcement officers in the state of Virginia have made a massive bust over the weekend in what they have called “Operation Cookout”.
During the bust, enough fentanyl was seized to “kill over 14 million people,” according to law enforcement officials.
More than thirty people were arrested in the multi-state operation that was ravaging the region. “This opioid crisis is not an issue that is happening someplace else, or to someone else. It’s happening right here in Norfolk,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
#BREAKING U.S. Attorneys office announced a 106 count indictment against 39 defendants in a large scale drug operation. Large amounts of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine were seized in effort called “Operation Cookout”. Some drugs were shipped from China to Hampton Roads #13NewsNow pic.twitter.com/BNXPQmr7Te — Steven Graves 13News Now (@13StevenGraves) August 29, 2019
“We’re not talking about $500 and $600 deals, we’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars,” Terwilliger said. “You know, $20,000 in the trunk of somebody’s car in a gym bag, you know, behind a local restaurant.”
Authorities seized over 30 kilograms of fentanyl, 30 kilograms of heroin, five kilograms of cocaine and over $700,000 in the bust. It’s the largest drug takedown in Virginia in 15 years. They also seized roughly 24 firearms, including an AK-47.
The vast majority of the drugs were being transported via your tax dollars: through the USPS.
“The last thing we want is for the U.S. Postal Service to become the nation’s largest drug dealer,” he added.
Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult said that this should serve as a warning to all drug dealers in the state of Virginia:
“If you’re out there, you’re using firearms, you’re dealing drugs and you’re hurting people in our communities, this is the group of people that’s coming after you. And we’re relentless.”