Top Bay Area law enforcement officials announced today that a six-day operation in Oakland involving nine different agencies resulted in the arrest of 138 people and the seizure of 15 guns and $32,000 in drugs.Melinda Haag, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, said the purpose of the joint effort was to arrest people with outstanding felony warrants, conduct lawful probation and parole searches of ex-felons and establish a law enforcement presence in areas known for gang activity.
The operation “will help make Oakland a better and safer place to live,” Haag said. Donald O’Keefe, the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of California, said that among those arrested were 14 registered sex offenders who were out of compliance with the terms of their release and suspects who were wanted in connection with murders, assaults and drug offenses.
O’Keefe said more than 100 officers participated in the operation, which was conducted from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Wednesday. No suspects, officers or citizens were injured in the operation, he said. The U.S. Marshal and the Oakland Police Department were the lead agencies in the operation, which also included the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Corrections, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other federal, state, county and city agencies.
Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said the operation shows that his department “has continued to work tirelessly” to fight crime throughout the city even though many officers have been busy responding to Occupy Oakland protests in Frank Ogawa Plaza and other areas. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said her city is “convenient for criminals” because it is centrally located but the operation is part of an ongoing effort that she said is “beginning to flatten” crime.
Quan said it’s important for law enforcement officials to focus on “big pockets of poverty” and a 100-block area where she said most of Oakland’s murders occur. Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said the joint effort “is just one of many operations where we are taking criminals off the street.” Most of the people who were arrested will be prosecuted by her
office, O’Malley said.
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