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Opium bust nets $320,000 in drug

May 19, 2001

Amber Willard

GLENDALE -- Glendale Police arrested five men and seized more than

five pounds of opium after a surveillance that started in the city,

officials said.

Police searched two houses Thursday -- one in Tarzana and the other in

Van Nuys -- after following a man who allegedly sold opium to a man in

Glendale, Investigator Bob Breckenridge said. In the houses and from the

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occupants, officials seized opium that had a street value of $320,000,

Breckenridge said.

Some of the drugs were packaged to be sent in the mail.

The five men arrested -- whose bail ranges from $100,000 to $500,000

-- are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in San Fernando or Los Angeles

court.

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