This morning, the Stockton Police Department, in coordination with the Tracy Police Department, Manteca Police Department, San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, San Joaquin County Probation, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), District Attorney Investigators, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, executed nine search warrants and one parole search throughout the city of Stockton. These searches resulted in the recovery of 4 firearms, ¾ pound Methamphetamine, ½ ounce of cocaine, 6 pounds of marijuana, and large quantities of ammunition. Through this investigation a total of 8 guns were seized and 13 people were arrested.
These searches and arrests were the culmination of a long-term investigation. The individuals arrested are members and associates of the East Side Crips, a violent Stockton criminal street gang. Over the last several years, members of this violent criminal enterprise have committed homicides, shootings, and gunpoint robberies, and they have supported their criminal endeavors by trafficking in illegal firearms, illicit drugs, and young women.
Through this investigation, the District Attorney's Office and our law enforcement partners have taken illegal guns off our streets, prevented robberies and shootings; and have separated young women from their abusive pimps and traffickers while offering them a way out of the violent world of sex work.
The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office is committed to seeking justice for all victims of crime; and for the entire community that suffers when small groups of repeat offenders bring threats of violence and other criminal behavior into our neighborhoods. We will continue to work with our partners to identify and pursue those responsible for driving crime and violence in our community. We are actively working with our partners throughout the county to steer young people away from lives of crime. "We are sending a clear message to the drivers of violence," DA Verber Salazar stated Thursday. "We, along with our our law enforcement partners, will continue to utilize every tool available to arrest and prosecute the drivers of violence in our community."