The second phase of a Lodi police operation aimed at gang members, parolees and probationers kicked off Wednesday, leading to gun seizures and multiple arrests.
During Wednesday's part of "Operation Safe Summer," officers visited 120 homes.
By Wednesday night, they had arrested 30 people on drug, gun, gang, parole and probation violations, said Lodi Police Sgt. Bill Alexander. At least 10 of them were gang members, he said.
At one Thornton house, they allegedly found multiple guns, drugs and ammunition in the possession of a man known to Lodi police. Fernando Martinez, 23, was recently released from jail while awaiting another court appearance, and he has previous drug and weapons convictions, according to Detective Hettie Schaeffer.
Martinez is also a documented Sureno gang member, Detective Steve Maynard said, while inspecting what he believed was methamphetamine that was dyed blue, the Surenos' color. Investigators hadn't weighed the drugs but believed it would be worth several thousand dollars if sold on the street.
A white bullet-proof vest, which was stained from wear, was found hanging in Martinez's closet, Maynard said. Detectives said they seized handguns, which convicted felons are barred from owning, as well as assault rifles and a shotgun from the home.
Guns were also found at two other homes Wednesday, Alexander said.
The operation was organized by Lodi police, who have seen a rise in gang crimes this spring. It included San Joaquin County Sheriff's deputies, county probation officers, county District Attorney investigators, state parole agents, U.S. marshals, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
One of those arrested by marshals was Christopher Beck, 35, who had been sought on a child neglect warrant in Indiana, police said.
The officers split into teams, each with lists of addresses to visit. Most of the homes were in Lodi but some were elsewhere in the north county, since gang members often hang out in Thornton and Galt, police said.
The operation began last weekend, when officers went to about 80 homes belonging to known gang members, parolees and those on probation. During that operation, they arrested 28 people, seven of whom were documented gang members.
Police said they would release final arrest numbers, charges and results of Wednesday's operation today.