12,000 suspected fentanyl pills found in candy boxes at LAX security checkpoint
A Los Angeles county man was arrested Wednesday after authorities found nearly three dozen suspected fentanyl pills, along with more than 4,200 more pills, in candy boxes at the airport security checkpoint, officials said.
Kenny Wootten, 56, was arrested at the airport by LASD detectives after authorities determined that he was in possession of more fentanyl pills than he had originally thought, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
He was booked into the LA County jail on suspicion of five felony counts, including transportation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Wootten was released on $60,000 bail after posting his initial $1,000 bond, the sheriff’s department said.
Bond was reviewed Wednesday, a sheriff’s department spokesman said. Wootten is scheduled to appear Thursday before a pretrial hearing in the incident.
Wootten had been questioned by deputies for about 90 minutes before he was arrested, according to the district attorney’s office.
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy working the LAX checkpoint had been sent to a hospital to get a test for possible COVID-19 symptoms, where he tested negative for the virus, the sheriff’s department said.
The department’s internal investigation found that Wootten “was in possession of an amount of fentanyl, suspected fentanyl and other potentially dangerous products not properly secured upon his/her person,” the sheriff’s department said in a news release.
“During their investigation, police also discovered an additional unknown quantity of fentanyl, as well as over 4,200 unused pills, that were not secured in accordance with our recommendations,” the department said. “This amount may be an indication of a larger trafficking operation in which the suspect was involved, and