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Two Lake Elsinore residents arrested, 9,000 pills laced with fentanyl seized

Two Lake Elsinore residents were arrested on numerous narcotics-related charges after deputies seized $90,000 in illegal narcotics from a residence in Lake Elsinore.

After receiving information about narcotics sales in the cities of Lake Elsinore and Wildomar, the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station Special Enforcement Team (SET) deputies launched an in-depth investigation.

On May 22, deputies assigned to SET served a search warrant in the 33000 block of Pamela Road in the unincorporated area of Lake Elsinore known as Lakeland Village. More than 9,000 M-30 pills believed to be laced with fentanyl, more than five ounces of fentanyl, packaging supplies, and controlled substance paraphernalia were located and seized, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. In total, deputies seized approximately $90,000 in illegal narcotics.

Two suspects, identified as 46-year-old Gregory Lee Evans of Lake Elsinore and 44-year-old Shannon Van Leeuwen of Lake Elsinore, were arrested and booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center on numerous narcotics-related charges.

“It is important to know that one M-30 pill or a single grain of pure fentanyl has the potential to cause an overdose and even death,” the department said. “By removing these drugs from our communities, thousands of lives have been saved.”

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Deputy Crivello at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station at 951-245–3300.

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