Operation Double Down arrest total peaks at 53

The number of individuals arrested in Operation Double Down, a campaign by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department to target drug dealers working in Fallbrook and the surrounding communities of Bonsall, Rainbow and De Luz, has peaked at 53, according to Detective/Sergeant Patrick Yates.

Forty-nine people were arrested Sept. 21 when deputies from the Fallbrook substation along with personnel from other units within the Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies served arrest and search warrants.

“There have been four more arrests related to Operation Double Down that have taken place since the initial takedown,” said Yates on Oct. 23. “All the arrests were for felony warrants related to the sale of drugs to undercover deputies during Double Down.”

The four arrested were: Joanna Gardner, 34, of Fallbrook; Matthew Hill, 23, Fallbrook; Shawnette Hanson, 39, Fallbrook; and Jason Fowler, 33, Lake Elsinore. Gardner, Hill and Hanson were arrested in Fallbrook by Fallbrook Sheriff’s Deputies; Fowler was arrested in Riverside County by Riverside Sheriff’s Deputies.

“All of our targets have been arrested or are still in custody,” said Yates of the successful operation that began in January.

While the apprehension side of Operation Double Down is completed, Yates said the job is “far from over.”

“We have tons and tons of paperwork involved to make sure that everyone that we’ve arrested gets the maximum sentence,” said Yates. “We have a lot of court (proceedings), a lot of meetings with the attorneys for both sides – defense attorneys, district attorneys, Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Office – providing all the evidence and lab work.”

Yates added that the Sheriff’s Department is already working on its next operation to battle the never-ending war on drugs.

“We have already identified new people that have moved in to take care of the vacuum that’s opened up (as a result of the Operation Double Down arrests),” said Yates.

10 Responses to "Operation Double Down arrest total peaks at 53"

  1. Cindy   October 29, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    When I think of the money and the time and the number incarcerated and the number of people addicted to both legal and illegal drugs…. I think it is time to congratulate drugs on winning the war on drugs. Time for a new approach, this is not working and the drugs you get from the doctor are the same drugs they sell on the street so that we are addicting people to speed (adderal and ritalin) or heroin (oxycotin, vicodin, fentanyl) through the medical system and sending them on the streets to continue the addiction. We stigmatize the poor who get caught up and send them to prison while the wealthy consume legal prescription drugs and when they get out of control we send them to posh rehabs. When will everyone wake up and see what is going on?

  2. Preston   November 1, 2017 at 6:59 am

    There is a difference between someone taking prescription drugs prescribed by their doctor and purchased at the pharmacy and…
    A thug that stole the drugs or purchased them illegally and is selling them on the street to individuals taking them for non medical reasons.
    I agree that some doctors are to liberal handing out prescriptions and we need better ways to deal with that problem but for now, lets get the thugs out of Fallbrook and put them in jail.
    Fallbrook is one of the most beautiful communities in the country and has tremendous potential but to achieve it, we need to clean house.

  3. Ray (the real one)   November 3, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Fallbrook is becoming the hub of crime in the county. Only Santee and Lemon Grove have bigger crime problems. Cindy, how is Fallbrook beautiful? For the hillies, yes, townies who deal with the problems daily, no. Everybody loves Fallbrook, but shops in Temecula right.

  4. Preston   November 5, 2017 at 6:11 am

    Ray, I believe you answered your own question — “Cindy, how is Fallbrook beautiful”?
    “Everybody loves Fallbrook, but shops in Temecula right”.
    I live in Fallbrook and shop elsewhere and that is just on of the best things about Fallbrook.

  5. Preston   November 5, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Ray, — Hillies? what do you mean by that?
    We do have beautiful views (where I live) because of the hills.
    Perhaps, that is one of the reasons home values are so high and continuing to climb.

  6. Ray (the real one)   November 6, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Preston: Morro Hills, Richey riches. Get it?

  7. Preston   November 8, 2017 at 6:18 am

    No Ray, sorry, I don’t get your comment, please explain.

  8. Ray (the real one)   November 8, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Hillies = People with million dollar plus, live in the fringes whereas Townies = people who do not live in million dollar homes and live within the confines of the downtown areas. Figure it out.

  9. grunt   November 8, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Preston, Ray claims anyone with more $$ than he is a problem – hence “hillies” those that can afford better housing than the apts. along Ammunition; of course any one with less $$ than he is a mooch on society. Ray is as about as interesting as Lee,

  10. Ray (the real one)   November 13, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    No Grunt. I mean the people that love Fallbrook so much that shop in Temecula and whine about problems they don’t have. To deal with. They dictate what Fallbrook should be whole never coming downtown. Sounds like state government, ruled from the north. It’s credibility, Morrow Hills sees no gangs, graffiti, crime, drugs, drunks so why should they care, just lock the gates and activate the security system.


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