Sheriff’s Dept. conducts “Operation Guacamole VIII” zero tolerance parole and probation sweep in Fallbrook; three arrested

Authorities with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. have reported that three people were arrested this morning (Thurs., Feb. 6) during a zero tolerance parole and probation sweep in Fallbrook dubbed “Operation Guacamole VIII”.

Sweeps are conducted to verify if parolees and probationers are following the conditions of their release.

“The goal is to catch repeat offenders and protect community members from becoming victims of crime,” said Melissa Aquino of the Sheriff’s Dept. Public Affairs Office. “The sweep targeted members and associates of the Varrio Fallbrook Locos (VFL) criminal street gang.”

Those arrested in the operation were:

*Carlos Mejia, age 21, of Lake Elsinore. Mejia was arrested on a violation of probation (gang paraphernalia)

*Miguel De La Rosa, age 19, of Fallbrook – was arrested for weapons and probation violations

*Edgar Rodriguez, age 24, of Fallbrook was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia

Various law enforcement agencies and offices participated in “Operation Guacamole VIII” including the Fallbrook Sheriff’s substation, San Marcos Sheriff’s Station Gang Task Force & COPPS, Vista Sheriff’s Station Gang Task Force & COPPS, Encinitas Sheriff’s Station COPPS, Escondido Police, Oceanside Police, San Diego District Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, San Diego County Probation Dept., FBI, and the California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The Sheriff’s Dept. urges the public to report any gang or other suspicious activity. Remain anonymous by calling the Crime Stoppers tip line at (888) 580-8477.

28 Responses to "Sheriff’s Dept. conducts “Operation Guacamole VIII” zero tolerance parole and probation sweep in Fallbrook; three arrested"

  1. FR86   February 6, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Great to know that the SD Sheriff’s office is keeping the pressure on gangs and probationers. Hopefully, the courts will provide an extended stay with all the luxurious hospitality at the county jail for these individuals.


  2. Heisenberg   February 6, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    My wife saw them all roll through fallbrook and heard the commotion. She said it was pretty intense. Good to see our tax dollars at good use.

  3. IBAM   February 6, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Saw all the commotion early morning off Mission Rd/Clemmens Ln behind Walgreens.

  4. DCSD   February 7, 2014 at 8:07 am

    "Operation Guacamole VIII" sounds racist considering they’re targeting hispanic people

  5. Jr   February 7, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Nobody else finds the name "Operation Guacamole VIII" funny? Hahahah I think it’s comedy! I wonder what name they would come up with for a sweep of white trash…

  6. Lee   February 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    My dear fellow Fallbrookers, what do we REALLY accomplish by arresting somebody? What? Do we truly believe that by arresting somebody that we solve the underlying problem of what the criminal did in the first place? Do you truly believe that? Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely believe that a person who has committed a wrong must face his/her punishment. No problem! But it does NOT solve the underlying issue of WHY the person committed the wrong in the first place.

    Take drug addicts. What do we solve if we arrest them? The answer is absolutely nothing. We keep on believing — wrongly — that locking somebody away will somehow solve the problem. It doesn’t; quite the opposite is true actually: it creates more problems than it solves. Arrest is nothing more than a band aid and a "feel good" act for society.

    We MUST take a hard, hard look at ourselves as a society why we have all these problems in the first place! Oh sure, many people believe that it isn’t their problem, that they, individually, had nothing to do with why a person is arrested down the road, that they had NOTHING to do with . . . anything. Really? Do we truly believe that? Do we truly believe that we are not interconnected? Of course, we are. Our individual actions have repercussions for everybody.

    We MUST be a whole village! We are not, of course. Sadly, we are a broken village. We lie, we steal, we kill (the living or unborn), we plunder, we murder, we deceive, and on and on the wrongs go. And then we wonder WHY, why on earth is it possible that a youth, or anybody, has committed a wrong. Well, when our political leaders show us the way in committing wrong, why are we then surprised that we, individually, also commit a wrong? We shouldn’t be. I’m certainly not.

    We must take a HARD, LONG look into the mirror and ask ourselves if our society and current way of living make sense and are right. My answer is they are not.

  7. FR86   February 7, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    It might occur to those of you out there playing the "race card" that these individuals were arrested because they were criminals and not a minority……………….DUH!!!!

    The SD Sheriff Dept could have used a less potentially provocative name as well but those with the race card mind set would have found something objectionable about this round-up regardless


  8. citizen   February 7, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Hahaha cracker dip VIII

  9. Reality Checker   February 7, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Wow, Lee you didn’t blame it on the dastardly military industrial complex! I’m sure you’ve figured out how to link the two, though.

  10. Fallbrook res.   February 7, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Lets hear it for the good guys!!!! Thank you!

  11. comment 2   February 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Tax dollars to good use? HA!!!……..all three will be out on the street by Valentine’s day. Fallbrook sheriffs dept make a big deal and they’re charges never go through

  12. Ray (the real one)   February 7, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    DCSD: Come on!!!!! Racist? Fallbrook = Avocados world wide. As for being racist? Operation Wetback would be racist, besides they are only targeting rthe ones who commit the majority of crimes, I am so sorry if that happens to be hispanics.

    Maybe you should go out into the community and educate these folks.

  13. Me   February 8, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Agree with "the real one" on this….

    DCSD should look into the mirror if he sees racism with the term "Guacamole"

  14. Lee   February 8, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    @ #9 Reality Checker

    Actually, I did. Read the next-to-last paragraph.

  15. Linda T   February 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Can this be any more racist?? Would we not be offended if it was named operation fried chicken?? This is blatent racism.

  16. YUP!   February 9, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Completely racist! As is the SD Sheriff’s Dept.

  17. Wizard of Fallbrook   February 9, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Cry babies of North County……..People will never ever get along…they will always rob, steal, drug, and kill… matter what their creed or color…..Police sexually assaulting people…Highway Patrol arresting firemen, soldiers killing their own, Husbands killing their wives-kids then themselves, bishops molesting children, girls beating to death other young girls in party lines…people shooting up schools, theaters, malls….It will never stop….Just watch what we will see happen this coming week…….All people are some part of racism…Hooray for the few people who do have a loving HEART!

  18. Cedric   February 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Incredibly racist. Just like the SD Sheriff’s Dept.

  19. Me   February 9, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Once again for our "less intelligent" posters:


    Get it yet Linda, Yup, & Cedric?

  20. Good Grief   February 9, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Fallbrook is known as the avocado capitol of the world Cedric, that is why they call it "Operation Guacamole". You lefties crack me up. These low lives are criminals, what difference does it make what their skin color or nationality is. Would it make you "feel" better if they called it operation avocado? Geez.

  21. Ray (the real one)   February 9, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Fallbrrook, A community of approximately 49.000 people. Majority white. Middle to uppper income and has FIVE hispanic gangs. Anything wrong with this picture?

    And they call me a racist, I`m just realistic.

    Some folks just can`t enough Kool Aid.

  22. grunt   February 9, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Racist?? I think you all have a bad case of looking for racism where it is not. Pray tell where is the racism in. as Ray says, the symbol of Fallbrook. The name, I am sure, was taken for the area. Why do you all that claim racism just assume that the cops were looking for Mexicans?

    Seems YOU are the racist – "oh, bad people -MUST be Mexicans" is that your thought process?

  23. the anti-ray   February 9, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Racism stinks. Its even worse when the authorities initiate it by this sort of stuff.

  24. Redneck Bill   February 9, 2014 at 11:14 pm


    You’ve been gone too long. There are now 9 gangs.

    By they way, I thought you were abandoning us for North Dakota??? Now you say you’re going to Tennessee? Dude, you change your mind more than my wife.

  25. Wrenchers   February 10, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Obviously, "Probation and Parole Sweep" was a little too general, hence the need for more descriptive terminology.

    I wonder if the Justin Bieber arrest was dubbed "Operation Clown Zero"?

  26. Ray (the real one)   February 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    RED: Need money, installing alarms in the Ranch again. Will be gone shortly. Need to pay off mothers bills first.

    Remember…… last ten months, living in my car. Rebounding takes time.

  27. Pink   February 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Good luck Ray. We rarely agree, but I have empathy for your situation. Not everyone would pay off their deceased mothers expenses, many would walk away. It sounds like you have had a hard knock life, and that explains a lot. I know that this will be meaningless to you, but God bless you. I will continue to pray for you my friend.

  28. Ray (the real one)   February 14, 2014 at 9:22 pm


    Actually, I appreciate it.


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