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San Diego Authorities Arrest 282 In Gang Sweep

A multi-agency crackdown on San Diego-area gangs involved in cross-border crime resulted in 282 arrests over the weekend, authorities announced today.

A contingent of nearly 500 local, state and federal law enforcement personnel carried out the countywide sweep -- dubbed "Operation Allied Shield" -- from Friday evening through early Saturday morning, according to sheriff's officials.

Those arrested, including 24 documented gang members and eight gang associates, were booked on suspicion of various offenses, including drug trafficking, human smuggling, driving while intoxicated, and parole and probation violations.

The sweep also resulted in the seizure of about 165 pounds of marijuana, 21 pounds of methamphetamine, six pounds of cocaine and a pound of heroin, officials said.

Taking part in the operation, along with local law enforcement agencies from throughout the county, were the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; California Highway Patrol; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Border Patrol.