SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Seven alleged members of drug-trafficking gangs were jailed Tuesday at the end of a yearlong multi-agency investigation.
A task force of local, state and federal agents made the arrests this morning while conducting searches in El Cajon and San Diego's Mid-City and Normal Heights districts, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
During the undercover operation, agents seized several pounds of methamphetamine; 12 illegal guns, including numerous assault rifles; and nearly 4,000 rounds of ammunition, officials said.
Taken into custody on suspicion of various narcotics and gang offenses were 49-year-old David Douglas "Day-Day" Moore of El Cajon; and San Diego residents Arthur Lee "Bone" Bautista, 40; Christopher Eugene Cartwright, 49; Tony Chau, 45; Abraham Chavez 37; Tania Yameth Delgado, 29; and Jessie Leigh Ebbs, 25.
The defendants were charged in three criminal indictments filed Friday in U.S. District Court. They were scheduled to begin making initial court appearances Wednesday.
According to court documents, the investigation, dubbed "Operation Tic Toc," revealed two networks of methamphetamine traffickers and distributors operating in San Diego.
Members of the groups had ties to various local street gangs, and some of them sought to trade and acquire firearms in furtherance of their drug trafficking, according to law enforcement authorities.
Four college basketball coaches were among those facing federal charges Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. Including former SDSU assistant coach Tony Bland now of the University of Southern California.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider Monday a proposal banning certain items that could be used as weapons in unincorporated areas where border wall prototypes are set to be constructed.
A powerful wildfire swept through the well-populated suburban canyons of Southern California, creeping up to the edges of homes and down to the shoulder of a major freeway.
A woman who was hit by a pick-up Friday night as she crossed Encinitas Boulevard to catch a train remained in critical condition on Monday.
A 29-year-old man was stabbed to death at a City Heights homeless encampment and a woman was hospitalized Tuesday with a stab wound from the same attack as police searched for the assailant, authorities said.
The City of Chula Vista is making a push to hire more officers as the city's population continues to steadily grow and the police department said it does not have enough officers to keep pace.
A fire at an East County condominium complex damaged two residential units Monday and left a woman seriously injured, authorities reported.