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Massive Sting Operation Targets Local Gang Members

Eleven people were arrested Thursday and a bounty of illegal firearms and drugs were seized as part of a nearly five-month-long operation that stretched from Lake Elsinore to Perris.

Suspected gang members were the subjects of a months-long undercover sting that stretched from Lake Elsinore to Perris – police are now reporting they’ve made some big arrests as a result of the multi-agency operation.

On June 28, several search warrants and probation/parole searches were served and 11 people arrested and booked for various felony violations relating to drug sales and possession of illegal firearms, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The arrests took place in various Perris locations.

As part of the haul, seven firearms were recovered, approximately 50 ounces of marijuana, 7.7 grams of cocaine, 2.4 grams of methamphetamine, and 2.8 grams of Oxycotin were taken off the streets, the sheriff’s department is reporting. In addition over 2,500 pirated CDs and DVDs were seized with a retail value of approximately $34,000, the department reported.

The sting began in February and was a joint operation involving deputies from the Perris/Lake Elsinore Gang Task Force, as well as agents from the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Over the nearly five-month-long investigation, the two law enforcement agencies bought illegal drugs and guns from the suspected gang members.

"The recovery of these firearms and the arrests made were a result of the combined law enforcement efforts …," said Steven J. Bogdalek, ATF Special Agent in Charge, Los Angeles Field Division. " … Citizens … are safer today due to the combined efforts of all our law enforcement partners to combat violent crime."

An investigator from the Recording Association of America also assisted in the investigation.

Barbara Dye June 30, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Great Job!!!! This is an example of our hard working deputies at work. I would like to thank everyone involved. You never know what is behind the doors and the deputies just keep at it till the job is done. Please be safe out there and thank you for making our communities a better place!!!!!!!
Lake Elsinore Resident July 01, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Keep the sweep going clean up the entire city. Just make sure they all spend time in jail. I hope the DA does not cut any deals with them and they serve the entire time
Mike Pennington July 01, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Sheriff Department ! I am proud of you............ Now lets hope the court put the punks away for a long time......................
Concerned Citizen July 01, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Yeah... i have to tolerance for any individuals associated with drugs and gang activity! Wonderful job to the Sheriff Department! I hope Martinez was one of the arresties!!
Carol July 01, 2012 at 05:33 AM
I just wish they'd clean up the drug houses in my neighborhood. There are several and nothing seems to be getting done about it. Guess it's a "wait and see" situation. One house has had a few busts with SWAT involved, but the children are still in this house. Why is that? I've asked the LE Police if this was a half-way house and they told me no, but every 6 months, there's new people there with different activities. Right now things are pretty quiet, knock on wood!
Mr.A July 01, 2012 at 09:14 AM
Happy they got these dudes but it was in Perris... We need all these redneck crackheads and tweekers out of Lake Elsinore!
Chere July 01, 2012 at 05:08 PM
we have lived in the area 13 yrs and have seen much activity on our street alone. Thank you for getting some of these people off the street and back where they belong.. obviously not rehabed...KUDO"S to the LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT!
Yvonne July 01, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Wow that sounds bad Carol what part of LE are you in so I know to go around the long way.
Carol July 02, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Yvonne, I'm in the so called "Nice" area off of Grand & Lincoln (Terra Cotta area) - the north end of the lake. If this is nice, then where is the bad area????? I really think that the police/sheriff's department could do a heck of a lot better in cleaning up this drug infested town! Oh yea, there's a shortage of money, therefore no funds to collar the criminals unless it falls in their laps - Literally!
akatrixy July 02, 2012 at 07:37 AM
I agree for the most part but not everyone who does drugs is bad I think we all should clean our own yards before checking our neighbors
Carol July 02, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Really akatrixy? What trip are you on? Doing drugs is bad and ILLEGAL! That makes the people who do drugs bad, in my book. If people want to take it and destroy themselves, that's one thing, but for those that sell it to others, especially kids, that's totally unacceptable and should have a nice long sentence in prison!!! Oh wait, they can get drugs there too, thanks to the "honorable" prison guards that let it be smuggled in! As for cleaning my yard, I rarely even take asprin let alone hard core drugs, and I don't smoke - ANYTHING! I value my body and mind too much to put that crap in it.
Dont Drink the Green Water July 02, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Good work... I guess. That is such a small amount of drugs for an investigation lasting that long. I bet the pirated moves had more cash value?!?! Those numbers have to be a typo.
Cat July 02, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Funny, I was thinkin the same thing. If it weren't for the confiscation of the pirated Dvd & Cds, the drug bust part of it wasn't a whole lot. Don't get me wrong, at least it was something off of the streets. The gun bust was a great thing too but 5 month investigation? Maybe it was a typo?
hope July 04, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Carol have you ever considered calling CPS?
billy bob October 09, 2012 at 06:36 PM
8 grams of cocaine, wow, ahah that's nothing back when I was selling I was mooving up to 15 grams a day

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