San Marcos gang sweep
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An overnight probation compliance sweep saw 18 gang members arrested and various narcotics seized in San Marcos, Calif., over the weekend.

The sweep started Friday at 10 p.m. in San Marcos, which is located nearly 30 miles north of San Diego. It included “officers from several agencies, acting as the North County Law Enforcement Alliance (NCLEA),” Sgt. Matt Blumenthal told the City News Service.

Officers made 11 felony arrests and seven misdemeanor arrests in the sweep that targeted known gangs and gang members in San Marcos, Blumenthal said.

The major haul from the sweet was approximately 418 grams of methamphetamine. Officers also seized small amounts of both heroin and marijuana and a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun with a defaced serial number.

“The NCLEA was established in early 2014 to combat the rising gang- related crimes that transcended jurisdiction boundaries and traditional gang turfs in northern San Diego County,” Blumenthal said.

Participating agencies in the NCLEA are the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and Probation Department and the Oceanside, Carlsbad and Escondido police departments.

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