A multi-city crackdown on gang violence netted what police are calling the most illegal weapons seized in a single day in U.S. history.
More than three dozen people were arrested Tuesday as part of a two-year operation dubbed “Crystal Palace” according to U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy.
The record record crackdown netted 60 guns along with ammunition, body armor and more than $200,000 worth of methamphetamines in Oct. 2 raids on homes and storage units in the San Diego County communities of Spring Valley, Lomita Village and Mira Mesa.
The weapons included assault rifles, Uzi submachine guns, high-powered rifles and a law enforcement taser.
San Diego residents Norman Punsalan Nooris, 41, Yeng Yang, 32, Donald Carl Garland, 42, Andrea Osuna, 18, Marco Antonio Hernandez, 30, Daniel Anthony Quenga, 42, Tony Lomeli, 43, David Ulloa, 36, Veronica Ojeda, 24, Ernest Henry Garibay, 32, William Robert Elmenhorst, 26, Luis Vasquez, 30 and Nelida Carina Huerta, 36, Kyle Eder, 23, Louis Van Phan, 29, Scott Randall Horine, 50, Anthony William Harvey, 28, James Oneal Jr., 40, Hao Duc Tang, 37, Michael Edward Dowling, 41, Sengkham Koulavongsa, 39, were named in a news release about the indictment.
Also named as defendants were John Pross, 52 and Carlos Ponce-Ramirez, 37, of Spring Valley; Michael Stroehlein, 45, of El Cajon; Liuis Ocampo-Estrada, 40, Manuel Luzanilla-Machado, 55, and Jose Enrique Hernandez, 35, of National City; D’Angelo Nicolas Quenga, 21, of San Ysidro; Richard Abram Elliot, 43, of Lemon Grove; Michael Anthony Valenzuela, 33, of Chula Vista; Delanie Paz Manuel, 42, of Santee; Shoshana Christie Elias, 30 of Poway; Cesar Rodriguez, 32, of Vista and David Wilson, 53, of Boulevard.
Among the various charges in the indictment were trafficking in guns and drugs according to a news release.
Ojeda is accused of selling “large quantities” of drugs from her grandmother’s house located less than a block from an elementary school on San Vicente Street in Lomita Village prosecutors alleged.