Operation “Tip the Scale” nets over two dozen arrests
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Twenty-six young adults were arrested during a daylong
sweep focused on methamphetamine-related crimes in the East County,
authorities announced Wednesday.
The sweep, dubbed Operation Tip the Scale, has been conducted 15 times
in the past five years, but Wednesday's arrests marked only the second time
offenders ages 18 to 24 were the focus, according to the county of San Diego
Methamphetamine Strike Force.
The focus was chosen in an effort to intervene early with offenders who
often turn to crime to support their drug addiction.
“For us, that's a critical population,” said Probation Director Jason
Druxman. “Younger offenders typically aren't as far along down the road, in
terms of drug use, so they are more open to change.”
During the sweep, more than 100 officers from law enforcement agencies
and the Metropolitan Transit System patrolled known hot spots for drug-related
crimes in Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon and La Mesa, and the trolley line that
connects each of the communities. They also checked in on probationers and
parolees to see if they were in compliance with the terms of their release.
Of the 26 arrested, 10 were taken into custody on suspicion of felonies
and 16 were for misdemeanors, authorities said, noting two people were taken
directly to drug treatment facilities instead of jail.
This week's arrest came just one day after the county released its
latest “Meth Report Card,” which found that 2012 was the second-worse for
meth-related deaths in the San Diego area since record keeping started in 1995.
The county said 217 meth-related deaths were recorded in 2012, second
only to 2005's tally of 245. Numbers for last year are not yet available.
The county has set up a hotline for residents to report meth-related
crimes or to seek information about treatment options. The number is (877) No-2-
Meth, or (877) 662-6384. Residents may also visit www.no2meth.org.