A sheriff's deputy takes a suspect into custody in Lemon Grove
Since launching Operation Lemon Drop in mid-July, sheriff's deputies have continued to target trolley passengers in Lemon Grove for fare-payment enforcement and as a catch-all for other offenders. Criminals, however, seem to not be reading the news, as arrest totals continue to climb.
Authorities have visited the trolley station at least four times since the initial operation, with the most recent mass interrogation occurring last Friday evening.
Metropolitan Transit System police officers issued another 102 citations between 2 and 10 p.m. on August 15, sheriff's media relations officer Melissa Aquino reported on August 18.
After citing the scofflaws, deputies conducted interviews and warrant checks, resulting in 43 arrests on charges ranging from possession of drugs or stolen property to public drunkenness, making the latest sweep one of the most effective since the trolley operations began.