‘Operation Double Down’ leads to 49 arrests today ­– many in Fallbrook

SAN DIEGO  – The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department reported this afternoon that from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 49 people were arrested in North County when deputies served arrest and search warrants in Fallbrook, Bonsall, Encinitas, Vista, Oceanside, Rainbow and Lake Elsinore as part of Operation Double Down.

Operation Double Down started in January 2017 as a follow up to Operation El Niño, which concluded in the summer of 2016 in Fallbrook. The goal is to disrupt the operation of drug dealers who fill the void of those arrested in Operation El Niño.

During the nine-month crackdown, deputies with the Fallbrook Sheriff’s Substation, Sheriff’s Special Investigations Division (SID) and Criminal Intelligence Detail (CID) conducted more than 50 undercover “buy-walk” operations. They bought fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine from the suspects.

A dozen people were identified as part of the drug trafficking operation and were arrested this morning along with other drug dealers. Deputies also recovered stolen weapons, as well as items connected with at least 13 residential burglaries in Fallbrook.

Stolen property included a pickup truck, a truckload of household items, electronics, furniture, tools, toys, shoes, clothing, as well as $15,000 worth of custom carved wooden bowls.

Those arrested today included: Nathan Belleville, 33, of Fallbrook; Enrique Cazares, 44, Fallbrook; Michael Evans, 45, Fallbrook; Sandra Gilbo, 47, Fallbrook; Michael Ochoa, 44, Fallbrook; Shawn Orr, 45, Fallbrook; Eileen Zaragosa Quintana, 49, Fallbrook; Trevor Rogers, 38, Fallbrook; Heath Rothenay, 25, Fallbrook; Joseph Sims, 37, Fallbrook; Michael Tetu, 30, Fallbrook; Adrian Verdugo, 41, Bonsall; Bethany Villarreal, 47, Bonsall; and Crittenton Zayak, 33, Rainbow.

The names of 11 other suspects arrested today are not being released at this time to avoid jeopardizing ongoing investigations. Those arrested face federal and state charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, drug sales, possessing stolen property and/or drugs, burglary, resisting arrest and violating parole or probation. Some also had outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants.

Suspects in this investigation face varied sentences depending on their criminal background including probation to 25 years in prison. Deputies will work to return the stolen items to their owners.

Victims can call the Fallbrook Sheriff’s Substation at (760) 451-3100. People are always encouraged to report suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200.

13 Responses to "‘Operation Double Down’ leads to 49 arrests today ­– many in Fallbrook"

  1. Powder cone   September 21, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    These vile juveniles that were inbred into fallbrook never had a chance. They’re parents were most likely never thers. I actually know this tetu kid has to be as dumb as a few that are stuck in a vicious cycle. Sad. Rehabilitation doesn’t work in this manner. These punks come out thinking they’re on top. But what they don’t know is the operations and technology we have to counteract. Unfortunatly there will always be a war on drugs making money for both.

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    • Brookie   September 22, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      “Vile Juveniles”……the story show ages between 25 and 47…..sounds like adults to me.

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  2. D   September 22, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Nice work guys! Who says the Sheriffs don’t do anything?

    If it were not for the military industrial complex next door we would not have any of these problems, right Lee? LOL….

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  3. LawyerMe   September 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Lazy ass cops.
    Every single one of those guys were already on probation.
    I would bet 60% of those arrested would have come down to the station had they been asked.
    Instead the Sheriff’s Dept decided to violate individuals probation (whom they already have extensive files on), in order to issue warrents, so they could raid homes that don’t belong to the perpetrator. This is all done so they can practice civil foriture, while simultaneously making themselves look great in the public eye.
    I mean who’s going to defend a tweeker right?
    Where was there any actual police work done? Other than contacting the DA’s office to get warrents for individuals they should already have been watching closely!?! The Sheriffs department just went around kicking in doors, racked up some overtime, and self admittedly didn’t make a dent in the Black Market.
    Thanks for wasting our tax dollars on social behavior.
    Let us know when you find all those kids on the wall at Walmart.

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    • Ducati Monster   September 23, 2017 at 10:38 am

      Dear LawyerMe, If that is true, turn yourself in now so your mom’s kitchen will not get ransacked. Another option is to get on the other side of the border and stay there. Just asking.

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  4. MARILYN SUE COBB   September 23, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Thank you for all of your hard work. Your daily hard work makes our communities so much safer. I go to sleep at night knowing that our town of Fallbrook is in good hands.You are heroes. May God protect & bless you!

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  5. Ellen Eyerick   September 23, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Thank you Law Enforcement on a job well done! You are greatly appreciated!

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  6. T O   September 23, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    I’m glad to see someone cares and sees it like I do… I just so happened to be one of those innocent bystanders that got their door kicked in and now evicted from my home… They found nothing in our home and now we are paying for it… Is there someway I could contact you?

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  7. FBRH   September 24, 2017 at 9:51 am

    LawyerMe and TO same here. We were as the cops called it, “collateral damage”. They found NOTHING in our home and we are also now being evicted because they kicked our door down while we were still sleeping, when we would have been gladly let them inside our home. Now going through extreme hardship trying to find a place to live with no money. This is rediculous and they should never have been able to do this because they had no probable cause. No one in our home had a warrant or was a 4th waiver. We do nothing wrong. They actually could have been out there arresting ACTUAL criminals!

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    • grunt   September 26, 2017 at 6:46 am

      IF this is true, bring a suit against the SO; if it is NOT true, rethink how you are living and maybe change your life style

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  8. D   September 25, 2017 at 7:23 am

    You cannot be evicted because the Cops kicked in your door…..

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  9. Jay   September 25, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    I love how some of you are hiding behind a keyboard talking crap! Why don’t you go into the station and talk to the cops about this? My guess is you’re all turds who are not telling the truth here!!!!! You can’t get evicted because cops kicked your door down! Stop lying and take some personal responsibility!

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  10. Fila Claim   October 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Oh yes someone most certainly will get evicted if cops beat their door down. Landlords can and will evict for that regardless if the cops didn’t find or arrest anyone. The cops should have shown the homeowner or tenant the warrant and it should state exactly what rooms are to be searched. They should also have shown any arrest warrants before entering the homes as well. You can file a claim to get reimbursed for the cost of the damage that was done if nobody was found and arrested.

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