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Published on April 22, 2024
San Bernardino County "Operation Consequences" Nets Multiple Arrests, Illegal Firearms in Gang CrackdownSource: San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

In a sweeping crackdown on gang-related violence and illegal firearms, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department swooped on suspects across Hesperia, San Bernardino, and Rialto. Between April 13 and April 19, the operation dubbed "Operation Consequences" led to the apprehension of several gang members and individuals barred from owning guns, the department reported.

The week-long intervention resulted in the seizure of over one pound of illegal narcotics and 10 firearms, including one untraceable ghost gun, detailed the Sheriff's Department. Investigators from the Gangs/Narcotics Division, together with patrol deputies, conducted nine search warrants and made five felony arrests during the targeted crime suppression initiative.

Funded by the County Board of Supervisors, the operation is part of a larger effort to enhance the quality of life in San Bernardino County communities. The funding is intended to bolster the Sheriff's Department's capabilities in curbing violent crimes, disrupting criminal activities, and arresting those in unauthorized possession of firearms.

Operation Consequences is set to extend over the upcoming months, showcasing a united front of local and state law enforcement agencies. The coordinated effort will feature participation from various divisions within the Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol, County Probation, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

Sheriff-Coroner Shannon D. Dicus of the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department emphasized that the operation's focus will be on violent crime, criminal gangs, and illegal firearms trafficking. A statement from Dicus noted, "Operation Consequences will take place over the next several months to curb violent crime, disrupt and dismantle targeted criminal street gangs, and locate and arrest criminals who are illegally possessing, manufacturing, and trafficking firearms."