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18 Arrested in ‘Operation Tip the Scale’

San Marcos CA– Eighteen people are under arrest following the 16th Operation Tip the Scale in the North County. More than 50 deputies, officers, and drug treatment professionals took part in the operation on Thursday, September 4th from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in San Marcos and Escondido.

The mission of Operation Tip the Scale is to reduce drug-fueled crime while steering drug offenders toward drug treatment resources. At the command post, drug counselors spoke to 16 offenders about their drug problems, the impact drug addiction has on their lives and ways each can get help and stay clean. Four probationers agreed to immediate drug treatment and were taken to a local rehab facility.

Deputies and Child Welfare Services rescued eight children from homes that were deemed unsafe due to drug activity or neglect. Sheriff Bill Gore says, “Our goal is to save lives and keep San Diego County Safe. With treatment options available during Operation Tip the Scale, there can be a path to recovery which will hopefully break the cycle of addiction.”

If you or someone you know needs help with meth addiction, call the Meth Hotline at (877)-NO-2-METH or (877) 662-6384 or visit www.no2meth.org. Drugs and weapons were also seized during the operation.
The Sheriff’s Department conducted Operation Tip the Scale in partnership with the following agencies:

  • Escondido Police
  • San Diego County Probation
  • North County Transit District Police
  • Child Welfare Services
  • Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT)
  • Occupational Health Services Driving Under the Influence
  • Institute for Public Strategies

You can always report suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Department by calling our non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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