SAN DIEGO–Felony drug charges were filed against nine adults in connection with an undercover operation that focused on a well-known water sports business in Mission Beach.
The local methamphetamine ring was distributing large quantities drugs out of the Mission Bay Sports Center, a business that hosts a summer youth camp.
Undercover law enforcement officers purchased a half pound of methamphetamine during the operation. Nine defendants have been charged; seven have been arrested and arraigned in San Diego Superior Court on Friday. More are expected to be arraigned on Monday. Defendants face charges ranging from transportation of methamphetamine to possession of methamphetamine for sale. If convicted of the charges, their prison sentences range from 16 months to 10 years. The defendants include Jason Boone, 40; Susie Macias, 39; Spencer Edmonds, 32; Vincent Garcia, 41; Jacqueline Miller, 32; Joe Bean, 52; Michael Gifford, 41; Janelle Shryock, 21; and Tamara Delar, 20.
“The DA’s Narcotics Division worked closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and shut down this meth trafficking operation,” DA Bonnie Dumanis said. “The defendants in this case brazenly centered their drug-dealing operation out of a popular Mission Bay business where kids attended summer camp.”
Operation Boone’s Farm was launched in November 2012. During the course of the investigation, agents determined Mission Bay Sports Center was being utilized as a drop location for drug deliveries and payments between suppliers and customers. Business owner, Jason Boone, who has been arrested and charged with 15 counts including transportation, sale, and possession for sale of methamphetamine, was a leader in the drug ring. He coordinated with multiple drug couriers having them pick up supplies at his Mission Bay business.
“DEA and its law enforcement partners are committed to ensuring the safety of San Diegans from drug traffickers,” said DEA San Diego Special Agent in Charge William R. Sherman. “The arrogance of running a drug trafficking operation where so many of our citizens send their children for summer camps and go themselves to enjoy the beauty of our city, makes the culmination of this investigation very rewarding. Our citizens can be assured that we have removed this criminal element from the Mission Bay Sports Center and have completely dismantled this dangerous drug trafficking organization.”
Law enforcement cooperation has long been a model in San Diego County.
“This is another example of the positive relationship San Diego Law Enforcement has in working together to eradicate the blight of drug abuse in San Diego, said San Diego Police Executive Assistant Chief David Ramirez.”
About five pounds of methamphetamine and $48,000 in cash and assets were seized in addition to a bullet proof vest, a loaded .22 handgun, heroin, marijuana, and prescription pills. Many law enforcement agencies helped make Operation Boone’s Farm a success in addition to the to the District Attorney’s Office and Drug Enforcement Administration. They include the San Diego Police Department, San Diego Sherriff’s Department, Homeland Security and the Maritime Task Force participated in the operation.