Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Dozens jailed in Stockton ATF operation
News 10 — A several-month operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has resulted in dozens of arrests of men and women accused of drug and gun charges in Stockton.
Stockton police officers helped the federal agency with the identification of suspects, the investigations, and the arrests.
"That's one thing I'm not shy about, is asking for help. I know we can't do it alone," said Stockton Chief of Police Eric Jones.
ATF calls the program that assisted Stockton "Frontline", and it's only been tried a handful of times in the U.S.
"We're figuring out how to have more of an impact, and not just arrest people. Are we arresting the right people? Are they the people committing the violent acts in those cities," said ATF Special Agent in Charge Joseph Riehl.
In many of those investigations, ATF locates people with long criminal histories and informs them of upcoming criminal opportunities, such as home invasions. Then before those "crimes" actually happen, the suspects are arrested for their willingness to be part of that operation.
Jones and Riehl said it's not entrapment, but good police work that's removed more than 50 people from the streets of Stockton. continue reading...