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Undercover Drug Sting In Military Housing In San Diego Nets 33 Arrests

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Thirty-three people were arrested and charged with drug-related offenses as a result of a three-month undercover drug sting in military housing in San Diego, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said today.

"Operation Endless Summer" began last fall in response to community complaints about increased drug trafficking in military housing areas, according to the district attorney.

Dumanis would not disclose what area or areas the undercover operation targeted, because the investigation is continuing.

Most of the people arrested were civilians, but two were active Navy sailors and one suspect was recently separated from the military.

The 33 arrests were made in the last week of January and the first week of February.

"This operation has rounded up drug dealers who were jeopardizing public safety in military housing," Dumanis said. "The dedicated men and women serving in the military, along with their families, deserve a drug-free environment where they live."

Another 19 suspects are still at large, officials said.

Most of the 52 suspects in the case will be charged with -- among other things -- possession for sale of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, said Deputy District Attorney Chris Lindberg.

As a result of the operation, law enforcement seized $19,000 in cash; two pounds of crystal methamphetamine; a half-pound of powder cocaine; one gram of heroin; more than 75 OxyContin pills; 100 Ecstasy pills; more than 400 marijuana plants; six pounds of marijuana; and seven guns.

If convicted, most defendants face between 16 months and five years in prison.

The drug sting was carried out by the District Attorney's Office in cooperation with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the San Diego Police Department.

"We are very pleased with the results of this operation," said ATF Special Agent in Charge John A. Torres. "We want our men and women in uniform to know that ATF and our partners will do all we can to protect their neighborhoods, just as they do all they can to protect our country."

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