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Published on February 29, 2024
SFPD, National Guard Seize 500 Grams of Fentanyl in Tenderloin Bust; Three Oakland Residents ChargedSource: San Francisco Police Department

In a significant crackdown on drug trafficking, the San Francisco Police Department's Narcotics Unit, assisted by the California Army National Guard, nabbed three suspects and confiscated a stash of over 500 grams of suspected fentanyl, the San Francisco Police Department announced. The arrests occurred late Tuesday night in the Tenderloin District, with the suspects identified as Luis Velasquez, 34, Marvin Licona, 33, and Patricia Cruz-Ramirez, 21.

According to the department's release, the well-orchestrated traffic stop at the 900 block of Laguna Street led to the detention of the suspects and the seizure of not only the potent drug but also a sizeable amount of US Currency. The bust is a result of a meticulous three-month investigation into the alleged narcotics trafficking operation. The trio was subsequently booked into San Francisco County Jail, facing felony charges related to narcotics trafficking and conspiracy; this followed after a search at the suspects’ Oakland residence where additional evidence and cash linked to the drug trade were uncovered.

The intervention by law enforcement is part of a broader strategy to stem the flow of illegal drugs into the heart of San Francisco, a city grappling with a persisting opioid crisis that has claimed numerous lives. The seized narcotics, over $70,000 in cold cash, and the suspects are now off the streets thanks to the collaborative efforts of the SFPD, the Sheriff's Office, and the state's military forces.

The SFPD expressed gratitude for the "coordination and teamwork" that these investigations demand, underscoring the necessity of interagency cooperation in light of a criminal threat that shows no discrimination in its wake of destruction. Even as the arrests mark a win for law enforcement, SFPD has made clear that their investigation is ongoing and urges those with any information to come forward to help.