By Steve Marschke
The West Sacramento Police Department just announced an operation this morning in which about a dozen warrants were served — all but one of them in West Sacramento — after an investigation into a string of vehicle and residential burglaries in town.
Lieutenant David Delaini of the West Sacramento Police Department said about $20,000 in illegal drugs — including methamphetamine and marijuana — were seized, along with cash, an assault rifle and other guns.
“Any time we take guns off the street and drugs off the street, that’s a victory for us,” Delaini told a press conference at about noon today. “You can see the weapons with lights (mounted) on them and you seem some stabbing weapons,” he said, referring to a table of seized items spread out for the press.
A department press release described the operation:
“The California Department of Justice, Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team (YONET) and The West Sacramento Police Department conducted a collaborative investigation into a burglary ring, stemming from over 80 residential burglaries and 51 vehicle burglaries from December 2012 to present. These burglaries extended throughout the city and outlying regions. One state arrest warrant and 12 state search warrants were executed today in an attempt to recover stolen property.”
“The investigation has resulted in 13 arrests, three assault rifles, four handguns, (several of which had been stolen), an active honey oil lab (used to create marijuana extract) , five pounds of marijuana, a quarter pound methamphetamine, ammunition, and body armor. Additionally, three locations contained children who were removed by CPS due to their access and proximity to the firearms and drugs. Everyone arrested will be booked into the Yolo County Jail and juvenile hall.”
“The operation in West Sacramento was named ‘Operation Red Bandits’ because the members of this burglary ring have been identified as active members of the Norteno criminal street gang,” said police.
The operation aimed for young perpetrators responsible for robberies, home burglaries, carjackings, and shootings in and around the Sacramento region.
“These gang members and associates have supported their gang life style through illegal sales of methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as stolen property,” said the police press release. “These street level gang members have been identified and range in age from 16-20 years old.”
Those arrested face charges including possession of narcotics, narcotics sales and distribution, conspiracy, property crimes (burglaries, possession of stolen property), and violent crimes against persons (such as robberies, carjackings, and firearms charges.
Assistance in the operation came from the CHP, Department of Justice Task Forces (Placer SIU, MAVMIT), Davis Police Department SWAT, FBI SAFE Streets Task Force, Woodland Police Department SWAT, Yolo County Sheriff’s Department SWAT, Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and the Yolo County Gang Task Force, said local police.
West Sacramento Police Department’s Lt. DeAnna Stevens provided the News-Ledger with a list of the West Sacramento locations raided on Wednesday:
540 Arthur Dr.; 614 Andrew St.; 829 Elm St.; 300 4th St.; 430 Maple St. #120; 510 Maple St. #1; 2120 Evergreen Ave. #A; 1809 Proctor Ave.; 2131 Hickory St.; 1020 Haverhill St.; and 1705 Westwood Circle.
Also on the list was an Elk Grove address.
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