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DEA agents target illegal dispensing of prescription drugs

Search warrants served at five Vegas locations
Posted at 7:05 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 23:39:12-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — 13 Action News cameras were rolling as agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration served a warrant at a local clinic near Flamingo Road and Eastern Avenue.

Officials served search warrants for four other facilities in Nevada suspecting of illegally dispensing opioids.

"Although we are making headway, we got a long ways to go," said DEA Special Agent Daniel Neill.

The takedown was part of a multi-state operation to get opioids off the streets of Las Vegas.

Agents said they worked a year on these cases.

While there was probable cause to get a warrant, no one was arrested in Nevada on Thursday. The investigation continues.

"Las Vegas is unique in a lot of ways to other jurisdictions," said Nicholas Trutanich, the U.S. attorney for Nevada, "...the lifestyle that is Las Vegas."

The Department of Justice found that our state was a hot spot for the opioid epidemic. They flooded Nevada with resources.

At a news conference today, Trutanich discussed the possible solution.

"I can't stress enough that this is not just an arrest your way out of the situation that we are dealing with," he said.

Experts say you can spot a questionable clinic in several ways. The red flags include a clinic that's always packed or one that only accepts cash.

Law enforcement officials say they are focusing on education and awareness to combat this problem.

"One thing that we are doing is we're empowering children," he said.