Operation Yields Arrest of Six Fallbrook Street Gang Members

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    Six known affiliates of a Fallbrook street gang were arrested Thursday morning following an operation conducted by deputies.

    According to officials, operation “Guacamole VII” was conducted from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. by deputies from the Fallbrook Sheriff’s Substation’s Crime Suppression Team.

    During that time, deputies worked with detectives and officials from County Probation, State Parole and the District Attorney’s office.

    The operation yielded successful results.

    Deputies were able to track down and arrest five adults and one juvenile allegedly affiliated with the Fallbrook street gang known as “Varrio Fallbrook Locos” or “VFL.” Officials say these six suspects are documented members and associates of the gang.

    In addition to the six arrests, deputies also recovered and seized a number of illegal drugs during the operation, including half an ounce of methamphetamine, a couple grams of heroin, a pound of marijuana and 30 to 40 tablets of Hydrocodone.

    On Thursday afternoon, deputies released the names of those arrested in operation “Guacamole VII,” with the exception of the juvenile suspect.

    The five adult suspects include Karla Cortez, 34; Edgar Rodriguez, 23; Mario Vega, 26; Arturo Morelos, 46; and Sergio Ramirez, 19. Booking records indicate that at least four of the suspects were booked into the Vista Detention Facility.

    Cortez and Rodriguez are both facing charges of possession of a controlled substance. Vega is being charged with possession of marijuana and Morelos with possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia, deputies confirmed.

    Meanwhile, 19-year-old Ramirez is facing attempted murder charges. Deputies say Ramirez is a suspect in a recent attempted execution-style shooting in DeLuz Canyon. He’s scheduled to appear in court Monday.

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