L.A. County Deputies Stopped Thousands of Innocent Latinos on 5 Freeway in Hopes of Next Drug Bust

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Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies take a driver to wait in a patrol car so they can search his car in this undated photo. (Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies take a driver to wait in a patrol car so they can search his car in this undated photo. (Credit: Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

The team of Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies cruises the 5 Freeway, stopping motorists on the Grapevine in search of cars carrying drugs.

They’ve worked the mountain pass in Southern California since 2012 and boast a large haul: more than a ton of methamphetamine, 2 tons of marijuana, 600 pounds of cocaine, millions of dollars in suspected drug money and more than 1,000 arrests.

But behind those impressive numbers are some troubling ones.

More than two-thirds of the drivers pulled over by the Domestic Highway Enforcement Team were Latino, according to a Times analysis of Sheriff’s Department data. And sheriff’s deputies searched the vehicles of more than 3,500 drivers who turned out to have no drugs or other illegal items, the analysis found. The overwhelming majority of those were Latino.

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