NORTH COUNTY – The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department – Encinitas Crime Suppression Team – partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Violent Trafficking Team to arrest 20 North County residents, in connection with a drug and weapons-trafficking operation.
Approximately 50 deputies and federal agents conducted the arrests of these subjects in the greater Encinitas and Del Mar areas of San Diego County. Most of the arrests were made during a warrant sweep and search warrant service conducted on May 7 and 8.
This operation was dubbed “Operation Poseidon for the Greek God “Poseidon;” protector of the seas.
In addition to the Encinitas and Del Mar locations, search and arrest warrants were executed at locations in Oceanside, Escondido, Carlsbad, San Marcos, and Vista.
The following individuals were arrested:
Erwin Cazares, 29 years of age – Vista
Kellen Knipp, 24 years of age – Escondido
Paula Francis Vaughan, 54 years of age – Escondido
Jim Gallegos, 53 years of age – Oceanside
Charles Yarbrough, 20 years of age – Carlsbad
Britney Calvert, 23 years of age – Encinitas
Jessie Calvert, 21 years of age – Encinitas
Audrey Hall, 51 years of age – Escondido
Richard Miller, 31 years of age – San Diego
Jesus Guzman, 29 years of age – San Diego
Ivy Arkin, 53 years of age – Oceanside
Arturo Pelayo, 35 years of age – Escondido
Michael Vesper Gralnic, 24 years of age – Oceanside
Arturo Pozo, 26 years of age – San Diego
During the operation, the following was seized: 15.98 pounds of methamphetamine, 6.93 pounds of heroin,
10.36 pounds of cocaine, 130 tablets of Xanax, and 15 tabs of LSD were purchased and or seized.
In serving the arrest and search warrants, deputies and DEA Agents seized additional narcotics and $39,567 in cash.