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Gun Trafficking Bust Brings 'Biggest Single Day Weapons Siezure'

The number includes 33 guns found during raids of homes and storage facilities in Spring Valley, Lomita Village and Mira Mesa on Oct. 2, authorities said. The drug and gun trafficking ring involved more than a dozen gangs, authorities said.

Law enforcement officials said Tuesday they have dismantled a drug and gun trafficking ring that involved members of 13 different gangs and resulted in what is believed to be the biggest single day weapons seizure in San Diego County.

A coalition of local, state and federal agents arrested more than three dozen people, most with gang affiliations or membership, and seized 60 weapons at the culmination of a two-year investigation dubbed "Crystal Palace."

The number includes 33 guns found during raids of homes and storage facilities in Spring Valley, Lomita Village and Mira Mesa on Oct. 2, authorities said.

The takedown is the latest in a series of large-scale multi-agency crackdowns on street gang activity in San Diego County neighborhoods. In addition to the "Crystal Palace" indictments, 119 defendants have been charged in various federal gang prosecutions since January, with 79 guilty pleas so far.

"These are neighborhoods and streets where children play and walk to school, parents push their strollers and citizens of every age seek to live peacefully and enjoy their families," said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy. "We will not allow our neighborhoods to become headquarters for gun-toting gang members."

Those arrested in connection with "Crystal Palace" include gang members from Linda Vista, Spring Valley, Mira Mesa, Logan Heights, Lomita Village, Chula Vista, National City and elsewhere.

They are accused of trafficking guns plus methamphetamine, heroin, ecstasy, marijuana and cocaine, according to grand jury indictments and search warrant affidavits unsealed today.

Among the guns found during the latest raids were numerous assault rifles, including Uzi submachine guns; AR-15 magazine-fed, semiautomatic rifles; antique shotguns, high-powered rifles with scopes and silencers.

– City News Service

Libi Uremovic October 17, 2012 at 01:29 PM
'...119 defendants have been charged in various federal gang prosecutions since January, with 79 guilty pleas so far...." that's a high percentage of people plea'g out... i hope it's not because it's a slap on the wrist deal...
Marcus Boyd October 17, 2012 at 04:00 PM
"They are accused of trafficking guns plus methamphetamine, heroin, ecstasy, marijuana and cocaine, according to grand jury indictments and search warrant affidavits unsealed today." This is EXACTLY who the NO on PROP S folks would have local sick and dying patients purchasing medical marijuana from. Why would they do that to cancer patients? Find that answer and you'll know why they won't discuss their actions in the upcoming public forum?
John Galt October 17, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Marcus – stop the lies! Your statement is NOT TRUE! The people against prop s want as with any other PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION to go to CVS. That is what the NO on Prop S supporters want. Everything else out of your mouth is a lie. If prop s passes, CRIME WILL INCREASE. (LAPD Police Chief told that to the LA City Council). And violent CRIME will INCREASE from prop S. (US Justice Department) Imperial Beach cannot afford prop s. It is not safe for our city, our families, our neighbors, our children. Vote NO on S. Thank you for the discussion.
Libi Uremovic October 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM
what isn't true about his statement? why do the anti prop s people want a consumer to only make purchases with a national chain instead of a local small business? 'the lapd police chief told the la city council..." ...a bunch of lies because he was being coached by lobbyists... la is not closing their weed stores because of the massive revenue loss.....millions of dollars in tax revenue and thousands of jobs.... ib is small enough that we can monitor the crime stats .....so the boogieman stories will not work.... we're going to deal with facts and data and reality... not scare tactics and truthiness..
Chico&The Man October 18, 2012 at 03:36 AM
The Rand Corporation released the findings of one of their studies that found that, not only did crime not go up, but it actually went DOWN in neighborhoods with collectives. The law enforcement people screamed so loud, that Rand withdrew the study. ..so john how will crime increase educate us..as it will pass...

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