DEA warns: Counterfeit pills from Mexico
In a recent press release, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a warning that Mexican drug cartels are manufacturing mass quantities of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl for distribution throughout North America. Fentanyl is a dangerous synthetic opioid lethal in minute doses. A sampling of tablets seized nationwide between January and March 2019 found that 27 percent contained potentially lethal doses of fentanyl.
In October, the San Diego County Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force released its 2018 Report Card, revealing 92 fentanyl-related deaths in San Diego County in 2018. This year, there have already been 92 fentanyl-related deaths in the County. For help to stop using drugs, call 2-1-1 or visit optumsandiego.com
SWAT Team called in Loma Heights case
Police received a call regarding an argument between a 71-year-old male and a 62-year-old female at 4:48 p.m. on Oct. 17 at 2200 Caminito Pescado. The female left the residence, then police arrived on the scene and made verbal contact with the male on the balcony. The suspect then walked into the residence and a gunshot was heard. At this point, a SWAT team was called. The male was discovered deceased. The incident is under investigation.
SANDAG Report: Homelessness up among arrestees
The percentage of arrestees who have experienced homelessness continued to increase in 2018, according to a report released by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division in October. More than 1 in 3 arrestees surveyed described themselves as primarily homeless in the 30 days prior to being booked into jail. It was also found that 2 in 3 surveyed said they had ever experienced homelessness.
In a 2007 report, 50 percent of arrestees reported ever experiencing homelessness, compared to 66 percent in 2018. Other findings include that fewer than one in five of those who reported being homeless in the past 12 months stayed in a shelter. Reasons shared for not staying in a shelter included restrictions at the shelter, safety concerns, wait lists, and inability to bring others. Read the full report at bit.ly/sandagreport
Midway stabbing suspect arrested
At 10:08 p.m. Oct. 24 in the parking lot of 3720 Camino Del Rio West (between Cotixan Mexican Food and Denny’s), a 43-year-old male victim and a 31-year-old male suspect got into an argument about the theft of the victim’s scooter. The suspect stabbed the victim in the upper left arm with a knife. The victim sustained a five-inch cut. Police arrived on scene as the suspect fled. They chased him for two blocks, then caught and arrested him. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was booked into jail for assault with a deadly weapon.
Assaults: 30 reports
Drugs/Alcohol Violations: 92 citations
DUI’s Drugs/Alcohol: 12 arrests
Fraud: 12 reports
Weapons: 4 arrests
Prostitution: 2 arrests; 1900 block Sunset Cliffs, 8:11 a.m. Oct. 21; 1900 block Sunset Cliffs, 12:20 a.m. Oct. 21
Rape: 5 reports; 3800 block Midway, 2 a.m. Oct. 16; 2000 block Sunset Cliffs, 10:30 p.m. Oct. 19; 4900 block Muir, 10 a.m. Oct. 20; 2200 block Shelter Island, 11 p.m. Oct. 1; 800 block Rosecrans, 1 a.m. Nov. 1
Other Sex Crimes: 5 reports; 1800 block Cable, 8:15 p.m. Sept. 24; 4800 block Del Monte, 1:24 p.m. Oct. 17; Saratoga and Sunset Cliffs, 8:03 a.m. Oct. 21; 5100 block Narragansett, 12:14 p.m. Oct. 25; 3200 block Camulos, 1:13 p.m. Nov. 2
Residential Burglary: 9 reports; 2700 block Worden, 8:30 a.m. Oct. 9; 3000 block Lytton, 2:15 p.m. Oct. 20; 2600 block Worden, 9:20 a.m. Oct. 22; 4300 block Muir, 6:15 a.m. Oct. 29; 4400 block Montalvo, 2 p.m. Oct. 27; 4500 block Muir, 2:45 a.m. Oct. 27; 3100 block Hugo, 9:20 p.m. Nov. 4; 4300 block W. Point Loma, 3 p.m. Nov. 8; 4600 block Del Monte, 6:09 a.m. Nov. 9
Commercial Burglary: 11 reports; 3700 block Udall, 10 a.m. Oct. 6; 3900 block W. Point Loma, 4:54 a.m. Oct. 13; 1400 block Quivira, 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19; 3000 block Rosecrans, 10:13 a.m. Oct. 17; 2900 block Lytton, 7 a.m. Oct. 25; 2500 block Laning, 10 p.m. Oct. 26; 3400 block Midway, 9:38 p.m. Nov. 1; 2100 block Shelter Island, 4:21 a.m. Oct. 12; 1300 block Rosecrans, 5:47 a.m. Nov. 9; 1300 block Rosecrans, 1:35 a.m. Nov. 9; 4300 block North Harbor, 6:45 a.m. Nov. 6
Street Robberies: 3 reports: Abbott and Newport, 10 p.m. Oct. 8; 2800 block Ocean Front, 9:41 p.m. Oct. 19; Brighton and Spray, 8:50 p.m. Oct. 31
Grand Theft (over $950): 11 reports
Petty Theft/Shoplifting: 36 reports
Vandalism: 24 incidents
Vehicle Break-ins: 27 reports
Stolen veicles: 18 reports.
— Compiled from a month-long review of police reports.