Since its founding, there have been no additional thefts, to Eidsath’s knowledge. Best practices developed by the task force include using black lights to check IDs and contacting brokers before releasing product to get a serial number that only a real broker has.
In addition to the LAPD, California county sheriffs have aided the task force and the California nut industry in general in cracking down on the crimes, Eidsath said.
So far, at least, it seems to be working.
“We’ve been pretty successful.”