On Feb. 3, it was reported that two California residents were taken into police custody after authorities seized a large amount of opium poppy seeds. Authorities stated that this seizure could potentially be the largest in California history.
Detectives in Mountain View reportedly received a tip that a 34-year-old man was processing and selling the opium seeds in October 2016. Authorities stated that the man and his 45-year-old wife were reportedly importing the opium poppy pods to their home on the 200 block of Monroe Avenue from overseas. The pods were then allegedly ground into a fine powder to be sold as a potent tea.