On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, agents assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area unit (HIDTA), the Fresno Methamphetamine Task Force (FMTF) and Central Valley Marijuana Investigation Team (CVMIT) made an arrest and seized 4.4 lbs. of Despropionyl Fentanyl and Ketamine. This amount of drugs can be cut 100 times, giving it a total street value of $6.8 million.
Agents arrested 26 year old Eduardo Zavala Lopez of Sylmar, CA and he has been booked into the Fresno County Jail. He faces felony charges of possessing narcotics for sale and transporting narcotics for sale. His bail has been set at $235,000.
Undercover agents arranged to purchase two kilos (4.4 lbs.) of what they believed to be synthetic heroin. The seller was traveling in to Fresno from Los Angeles. Agents identified the suspect’s car and made a traffic stop on Highway 99 in Fresno County. The car was towed to a secure location to be searched. Due to the fact that agents were unsure of the types of drugs being transported, they geared up in hazardous material safety suits. It proved to be a valuable safety measure because Fentanyl, if it’s inhaled or comes in contact with your skin, can potentially be fatal. During a brief search, the agents found two packages of drugs hidden in a secret compartment of the car. The drugs were later sent to the Department of Justice lab for testing, which a mixture of Despropionyl Fentanyl and Ketamine.
HIDTA is comprised of members from several federal, state and local agencies. These include, but are not limited to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Fresno Police Department, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Kings County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations and the California Department of Justice.
The Sheriff’s Office takes tips seriously and encourages the public to report all types of illegal drug activity. You may report it anonymously by calling the Narcotics Hotline at 1-800-660-1086 or Email: