LBPD, DEA end three-month drug-bust operation with arrests of 150 individuals

The Long Beach Police Department’s (LBPD) Drug Investigations Section, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Mobile Enforcement Team (MET), joined forces and conducted a three-month operation that resulted in the removal of numerous criminals from the streets of Long Beach, as well as the seizure of guns, drugs, and money.
The 22-member task force consisted of 11 members of the LBPD, 10 members of the DEA’s MET, and one agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
The operation, which began Jan. 25, 2011 and ended April 28, focused on removing street-level narcotics from the community. The task force placed the emphasis of the citywide operation on areas that have been impacted by violent crime and gang activity. 
In conjunction with the citywide task force operation, the LBPD members of the task force also continued to work their existing cases regarding the enforcement of street-level narcotics sales during the three-month timeframe. Altogether the members of the task force served 50 search warrants and seized eight guns, close to $17,000 that had been used for the purpose of illegal activities, and various amounts of cocaine, rock cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, PCP, and pills. In addition, 150 individuals were arrested, including 35 gang members.
“The Long Beach Police Department’s partnerships were a significant factor in the success of this operation, as well as the many others we coordinate,” LBPD Chief Jim McDonnell said. “We thank MET, ATF, and the residents of our city for their support in sending the message that crime is not tolerated by the Long Beach community.”

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