Over 300 men and women were arrested during a weekend sweep of drugs and gangs, also called “Operation Allied Shield IV” in the San Diego area. The arrests were made Friday night and during the early hours of Saturday morning.
The operation was in its’ fourth stage of the sweep, which was designed to reduce drug smuggling, human trafficking, and other crimes that have been committed by transnational criminal organizations.
More than 1,000 officers conducted parole and probation checks, traffic stops, and carried out search warrants to locate gang offenders, particularly those who support Mexican drug cartels in the shipping and distributing of drugs in the U.S., as well as those who store and ship drugs, weapons and cash into Mexico.
Of those arrested, 36 were arrested for outstanding warrants, 44 were arrested for parole and probation violations, and 14 were gang associates. Initially, a list of 579 suspects was created as a part of the sweep; in just two days, officers were able to arrest a total of 372 men and women.
Officers were also able to confiscate undisclosed amounts of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine. Together, the drugs came out to an estimated value of $500,000.
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