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    CA - 37 Charged in drug and weapons trafficking crackdown

    37 Charged in drug and weapons trafficking crackdown

    Posted: Mar 01, 2018 1:22 AM CSTUpdated: Mar 01, 2018 1:22 AM CST




    SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Federal indictments unsealed in San Diego Wednesday charged 37 alleged gang members with heroin, methamphetamine and firearms trafficking, in many cases within feet of North County schools.

    The crackdown was the latest in a series of efforts by the Department of Justice to turn the tide of the opioid epidemic and reduce the inevitable violent crime that accompanies widespread drug trafficking, according to prosecutors.

    Early this morning, more than 100 members of the North County Regional Gang Task Force, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies made numerous arrests and searched various North County locations.

    As of midday, 27 of the 37 defendants were in federal or state custody, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego. A total of 21 were arrested this week, including 18 this morning, and the rest were already in custody. Ten defendants remained at large.

    During the operation, authorities seized heroin, methamphetamine, fentanyl and firearms, including a semi-automatic pistol, revolvers, and a two AR-15 style assault rifles.

    The yearlong investigation involved federal wiretaps, dozens of undercover drug and gun buys, and extensive surveillance, officials said. A number of the defendants allegedly are documented members or associates of violent North County street gangs operating out of Encinitas, San Marcos, Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, Escondido and elsewhere.
    Many of the involved criminal groups have longstanding ties to the Mexican Mafia, according to prosecutors.

    The drugs and guns involved in the case were being stored and sold in North County neighborhoods, including near Libby Lake Park and across the street from several schools, including Jefferson Middle School, Clair W. Burgener Academy, Mission Elementary School, San Marcos High School, and Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary School, according to court documents.

    "We have a special resolve to go after gangs that have the audacity to operate on the boundaries of our schools where children play and learn," U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said. "The gangs are always on our radar, but when they endanger our most precious and vulnerable population -- our children - - we will act decisively."

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    Drugs, guns, gang members netted in North San Diego County gang crackdown

    Drugs, guns, gang members netted in North San Diego County gang crackdown

    Drugs, firearms dealt feet from several schools

    Mark Saunders4:07 PM, Feb 28, 2018
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    SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Thirty-seven people were charged with drug and firearms trafficking throughout North San Diego County, according to unsealed indictments — in some case, feet away from schools.

    More than 100 members of the North County Regional Gang Task Force, the FBI SWAT team, and other local agencies arrested 18 of the 37 defendants Wednesday.

    Heroin, methamphetamine and fentanyl and firearms, including a semi-automatic pistol, revolvers, and a two AR-15 style assault rifles, were also seized during the arrests, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of California.

    Officials said the drugs and firearms being trafficked were stored and sold in North County, including near Libby Lake Park and several schools: Jefferson Middle School, Clair W. Burgener Academy, Mission Elementary School, San Marcos High School, and Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary School.

    Wednesday's arrests are part of a federal and local investigation into street gangs operating in Encinitas, San Marcos, Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, Escondido, and elsewhere. Many of those arrested reportedly have ties to the Mexican Mafia, officials said.

    In total, 27 of the 37 being charged are in custody, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of California. The remaining 10 are being sought.

    "We have a special resolve to go after gangs that have the audacity to operate on the boundaries of our schools, where children play and learn," U.S. Attorney Adam L. Braverman said in a release. "The gangs are always on our radar, but when they endanger our most precious and vulnerable population – our children - we will act decisively."

    Some of the narcotics trafficked were obtained in Tijuana, Mexico, investigators said, and then brought to North County gang members via "unsanitary methods."

    "They repeatedly smuggled small quantities of narcotics in body cavities, via pedestrian lanes at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossings," the U.S. Attorney's Office release said.

    In one instance, one alleged gang member, Theresa Lapolla, was found in possession of more than 100 grams of heroin at her home, located less than 700 feet from three Oceanside schools.

    https://www.10news.com/news/drugs-guns-gang-members-netted-in-during-north-san-diego-county-gang-crackdown


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