'Operation Cruel Summer' Seizes Drugs, Firearms

By Lauren Steussy
|  Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012  |  Updated 4:09 PM PDT
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San Diego County Sheriff's Department

Some of the firearms seized during an "Operation Cruel Summer" takedown Tuesday.

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A drug crackdown in San Diego County known as "Operation Cruel Summer" has resulted in the arrest of 34 suspects in a drug and firearms trafficking operation.

On Tuesday, several law enforcement agencies and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department took part in a take down that involved seizing 40 pounds of marijuana, 11 ounces of heroin, 31 pounds of cocaine, 25 pounds of methamphetamine, 28 firearms and $166,000 in cash.

Operation Cruel Summer was launched in March after several citizens complained about the drug and firearm activity in the North County. In total, 46 people are in custody after Tuesday's sweep. Thirty-four suspects, including one juvenile, were arrested.

The suspects were identified through more than 50 "buy-walk" exercises in which undercover agents bought the drugs and firearms from the suspects.

Agents served search warrants in Fallbrook, Bonsall, Rainbow, Oceanside and San Bernardino County.

The suspects arrested face federal charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

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