Dozens of Arrests Dismantle Gang Drug Network Connections


By: Jim Kouri, CPP

The Drug Enforcement Administration, San Diego Field Division Mobil Enforcement Team (MET), in cooperation with the San Diego County District Attorney and San Diego Police Department, announced the culmination of two undercover narcotics operations targeting gang members in Southeast San Diego that have resulted in drug-related charges being filed against 82 defendants.

“The Drug Enforcement Administration Mobile Enforcement Team’s mission is to assist state and local authorities in their quest to combat gangs and violent crime,” said DEA Special Agent-In-Charge Ralph W. Partridge.

“Because of the cooperative efforts with our law enforcement partners, a multi-kilogram crack cocaine distribution organization operated by gang members and their associates has been essentially dismantled from its leadership cell down to its street level drug dealers,” said Partridge.

“Operation Bloodsucker” was launched in March of this year as a response to community concern over increased gang crime. “Operation Lucky Strike” followed two months later, in May of 2008. Both operations focused on mid- and high-level drug dealers of cocaine and their sources.

“Operation Bloodsucker” disrupted drug-trafficking by gangs in the southeastern area of San Diego by scoring a direct hit on the biggest dealer there, a father and son drug operation. “Operation Bloodsucker” resulted in nine search warrants and 34 arrests.

In the aftermath, law enforcement identified “up and comers” who sought to fill the void. A second takedown during “Operation Lucky Strike” occurred on Sept. 4, when 15 search warrants were issued and an additional 28 arrest warrants executed.

As part of the operation, law enforcement seized $318,000 in cash, three pounds of crack cocaine, a half pound of crystal methamphetamine, seven kilograms of powder cocaine, more than 300 ecstasy pills, more than 467 pounds of marijuana, 30 vials of PCP and 11 guns. Authorities also removed five drug-endangered children from their parents.

“The majority of drug dealers arrested during these operations are documented gang members and their associates who have violent criminal histories,” said San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie M. Dumanis. “By taking these career criminals off the streets with drug charges, we’re hoping other types of gang crime in these neighborhoods will also decrease.”
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Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he’s the new editor for the House Conservatives Fund’s weblog. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com and PHXnews.com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us

About The Author Jim Kouri, CPP:
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.
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