Firearms seized during ATF's "Operation Gideon IV" in Stockton
STOCKTON, CA - A four-month collaboration between the Bureau and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Stockton police yielded 55 arrests, 84 firearms and 36 pounds of methamphetamine, among other narcotics, authorities say.
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"Operation Gideon IV" involved undercover ATF agents and Stockton officers as well as county and federal prosecutors.
According U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner, the 44 facing federal firearm, narcotic and robbery allegations have a combined nearly 500 years in federal prison time served.
Most of those arrested list Stockton addresses but others are from Manteca, Modesto, Ripon, Lindsay, Porterville, Oakland, Lockeford, Acampo, San Joaquin and Thornton.
Eleven of those arrested face state charges.
The weapons confiscated included six machine guns, four short-barrel rifles and two silencers.
Twenty-one pounds of marijuana, 100 grams of heroin, 55 grams of crack cocaine and 10 ounces of MDMA were also seized.
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Wagner said ATF has a long-term commitment to continue to support Stockton's violence reduction efforts..