2,700 batteries found in California warehouse
Posted On July 4, 2021
A 2,800-plus-battery warehouse that was storing about 3,500 battery packs at a California warehouse that shipped tens of thousands of laptops to China has been seized by authorities, officials said.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday that it seized the warehouse on a parcel of land owned by the company that manages the warehouse.
The company was ordered to hand over the batteries, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The warehouse is located in the city of Rancho Mirage, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles.
The FBI seized 2,000 battery packs, all labeled with the names “2,700” and “3v,” the FBI said in a statement.
The devices were all found in the warehouse, officials added.
The shipment, which was packed with thousands of computers, printers, hard drives and other storage devices, was discovered in May 2016 when police received a tip that an employee was using the warehouse to ship computers and other electronics.
The warehouse was previously used to store electronic goods in the Santa Clara Valley.
Investigators found that the warehouse was full of batteries that had been removed from other locations, according the FBI.
The suspect was arrested, and authorities said the devices were shipped in bulk to China.