Authorities arrest 282 in anti-gang detail in San Diego

By EDWARD SIFUENTES (North County Times)
April 19, 2010

Nearly 300 people were arrested in San Diego County over the weekend during a large-scale operation authorities say targeted local criminal street gangs involved in international crimes, officials announced on Monday.

But only a few of the people arrested in the sweep were actual gang members. And it was unclear if any of them were arrested on charges related to international crimes.

Of the 282 people arrested, only 32 of them were documented gang members or gang associates, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the lead agency in the operation. Officials said they were still sifting through the information and could not provide specific information, such as the names of those arrested or the charges filed against them.

The operation, dubbed Operation Allied Shield, was conducted between 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and was funded through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The money is supposed to be used to address border-related crimes, such as drug and human smuggling.

Sheriff Bill Gore said that gangs in San Diego County are known to work with Mexican drug cartels helping to smuggle and distribute drugs. He acknowledged that no one arrested in the operation was specifically linked to Mexican cartels.

“It’s a given in law enforcement that there is a known nexus between the gangs in San Diego County and the drug activity and even some of the human smuggling activity in Mexico,” Gore said. “So to the extent that we can identify more gang members in San Diego County and disrupt their activities, the safer we make San Diego County.”

Through the operation, Gore said officers identified 61 new gang members and 54 gang associates.

About 480 officers from 13 organizations, including the Sheriff’s Department, the Escondido Police Department, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Border Patrol, fanned out in neighborhoods where gangs are known to operate, Gore said.

Officials said they made 51 felony arrests, most of which, 35, were parole or probation violations, according to information provided on the operation. The other 16 arrests were related to outstanding warrants or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

A full list of the 282 arrests and the charges filed against each individual was not provided.

Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Myers, who led the operation, said some of the arrests were made in North County, including Fallbrook, San Marcos, Escondido and Oceanside. However, officials were still sifting through the information and could not immediately provide specific arrest numbers for each community, Myers said.

The county has received about $14 million this year in funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s Stonegarden program, which helps local law enforcement agencies pay for enforcement operations that target border-related crime.

The program helps pay officers over time so that they can participate in special details, such as Operation Allied Shield.

Other details about the operation:

Vehicle stops: 919

Field interviews: 303

Citations issued: 221

Narcotics seizures: 45

Non-drug seizures: 5

Drugs seized:

Marijuana 165 grams

Cocaine 6.42 grams

Heroine 1.16 grams

Crystal Meth 21 grams

Ecstasy .35 grams

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2 Comments for “Authorities arrest 282 in anti-gang detail in San Diego”

  1. Paloma Blanca

    Wow! They sure raked in a lot of dope…..NOT! I wonder how much they spent during this investigation and the costs to the state and citizens of San Diego to net 5 ounces of weed, not even a half pound and the rest of the small quantities of drugs? Incredible!

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