News Release
September 29, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Eileen Zeidler
Number: 858-616-4166

Joint DEA/SDPD MET Operation Red Sky
93 Arrested in Joint Takedown

SEP 29 -- (San Diego) This morning DEA San Diego Field Division Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) and San Diego Police Department along with investigators from other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies served several arrest and search warrants at various locations in San Diego County. This was the culmination of a six-month, multi-agency investigation dubbed Operation “Red Sky.” At this point in the investigation, 93 suspects have been arrested – more than half of whom are documented gang members.

Operation “Red Sky” began in April 2009. The targets of this operation were local street gang members who were involved in homicides, attempted homicides, gang related shootings, drug and weapons trafficking, robberies, pimping and weapons violations. Prior to today’s warrant services, more than 90 suspects have been arrested as part of this investigation. Those arrested include men and women who are documented gang members, associates of these gang members and those who supplied narcotics to the gangs. “ DEA's Mobile Enforcement Team is a perfect example of the combining of federal and local resources that has a significant local impact on the daily quality of life of the residents living in the San Diego area”, says Special Agent in Charge Ralph W. Partridge. “It is this kind of cooperation with our law enforcement counterparts which makes the MET program so successful.”

Overall, Operation “Red Sky” resulted in 93 arrests and confiscation of the following contraband: 19 firearms, 240 marijuana plants, 10 lbs of marijuana, more than 17 lbs of powder cocaine, 3.5 lbs of crack cocaine, two lbs of methamphetamine, more than 3000 ecstasy tablets, 18 vials of PCP and more than $60,000 cash.

Operation “Red Sky” involved a collaborative effort on the part of the following agencies: the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the US Attorney’s Office, SD County Probation, State Parole, the SD County District Attorney’s Office (SDCDA), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), US Marshal’s Service and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).