SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Eleven alleged members and associates of a gang-affiliated North County narcotics ring were behind bars Thursday at the culmination of a four-month investigation, authorities reported.
They were arrested on Wednesday during a multi-agency sweep in Escondido, Oceanside, the Pala area and Vista. The multi-agency operation netted more than a pound of seized methamphetamine, nine guns, two stolen vehicles, more than $3,000 worth of stolen property and $8,000 in illicit cash proceeds, according to officials.
Additionally, three minors who had been exposed to their parents' alleged narcotics activities were taken into protective custody, according to Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Mata.
In custody on various theft, drug-trafficking, child-endangerment and gang-related charges in the case were David Bollschweiler, 51; Hector Cavazos, 41; Audrey Marie Duey, 36; Veronica Espino, 33; Nancy Lopez, 33; Jack Marvin Myers, 57; George Leno Orozco, 24; Christian Rodriguez, 22; Manuel J. Ruiz, 26; Jaime A. Verduzco, 31 and Sara Darby Villegas, 33.
Three other suspects remained at large this afternoon, Mata said.
The Escondido and Oceanside police departments participated in the investigation and suspect roundup, as did the U.S. Marshals Service, the Department of Homeland Security, North County Jurisdictions Unified for Drug and Gang Enforcement, the County of San Diego Probation Department and the District Attorney's Office.