Mike Madriaga 12:40 p.m., May 25
Operation Tidal Wave Targets North County Gangs, Drugs
Over 250 personnel representing 21 local, state, and federal law enforcement groups joined forces on Saturday for Operation Tidal Wave. Funded by a $19.2 million Department of Homeland Security grant, the action was “focused on the disruption and suppression of illegal activities undertaken by San Diego gangs in support of drug smuggling, human trafficking and other illicit cross-border crimes,” according to a press release from the San Diego Sheriff.
During the operation, which was conducted between 5 p.m. and 2 a.m. around North County, officers conducted 15 “field interviews.” Five of those detained were arrested on gang-related charges, four more were identified as gang members, and the other six were determined to be “gang associates.”
277 vehicles were stopped, resulting in 56 citations, 49 arrests, 5 drug seizures, and 14 seizures of other items including guns, ammunition, vehicles, and $2500 in cash. The total drug haul included about an ounce of cocaine, 9.5 grams of marijuana, 1.96 grams of methamphetamine, and 3 grams of psychedelic mushrooms.