Dozens of people face drug-felony charges after a three-month-long drug sting conducted at military housing in San Diego.
"This operation has rounded up drug dealers who were jeopardizing public safety in military housing," said county District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. "The dedicated men and women serving in the military, along with their families, deserve a drug-free environment where they live."
At a news conference held Tuesday, law enforcement officials would not identify the exact location of the military housing because, they said, the investigation in ongoing.
Of the 33 people arrested, two were sailors, one was separated from the military; the others were civilians. There are 19 other suspects in the case, investigators said.
Officials said they launched Operation Endless Summer in the fall of 2008. Investigators said they seized $19,000 in cash, two pounds of crystal meth; one-half pound of powdered 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.
"I think the message here is clear: Don't mess with the military," Dumanis said. "We want to protect them like they're protecting us."
The suspects face various charges, including sale and possession for sale of cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin and marijuana. Most of the defendants face between 16 months and five years in prison.