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U.S., China bust fentanyl drug ring in first ever joint investigation

United States and Chinese officials say a joint investigation into a fentanyl ring has dismantled an international supplier.

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News outlets report U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Chinese narcotics authorities say the investigation also stopped more than 20 million doses of the drug from reaching the U.S. A Homeland Security Investigations attache in China, Shawn Harwood, said at a Wednesday news conference in New Orleans that this joint investigation is the first of its kind.

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A Homeland Security Investigations statement says its New Orleans office learned in August 2017 of a China-based supplier exporting fentanyl to the United States. The department’s office in Guangzhou, China, and the Chinese Narcotics Control Bureau then began the joint investigation.

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Officials are now investigating 35 U.S. addresses where the ring tried to deliver drugs.