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.