Sheriff’s deputies on a “zero-tolerance” parole and probation check arrested 18 people this week for violating their release conditions.
On Thursday, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department rolled out Operation Neptune– so named for the coastal communities it encompassed.
Deputies dropped in on nearly 50 people in Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside and other seaside towns to make sure they were following the rules of their parole or probation.
Eighteen had outstanding warrants, were in possession of a controlled substance, were under the influence of a controlled substance or a combination of the three, officials say.
The arrested suspects range in age from 22 to 57 years old and live in Oceanside, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Escondido.
The rest of the probationers and parolees were either complying or not at home at the time, which means deputies will have to check on them later.
About 70 deputies, a K-9 unit, SWAT team and helicopter air support helped accomplish Operation Neptune.