By Harry Harris Oakland Tribune
The Oakland Police Department and the FBI in a joint operation served multiple search warrants throughout the City of Oakland Friday. These are some of the illegal items recovered. (Courtesy Oakland Police Department)
The joint operation, which also involved Alameda County sheriff's deputies and Dublin police, was part of the city's longtime anti-violence enforcement effort known as Operation Ceasefire.
Raids were conducted primarily in East Oakland, including the Fruitvale district. SWAT officers from the various agencies assisted in the raids.
Officer Johnna Watson said 15 known gang members involved in violent crimes were detained and several were arrested.
Police said that so far one assault rifle, one pistol grip shotgun and three handguns were recovered.
Additionally, a 100-ammunition round drum was seized as was 10 pounds of marijuana, 100 marijuana plants at an illegal grow, three ounces of cocaine and one ounce of heroin.
No one was reported injured.
A resident near one of the raid locations in the Fruitvale district said he heard activity about 6:30 a.m. and when he looked outside saw numerous police cars and trucks that appeared to be from Oakland and Dublin, and also an armored vehicle. He said he saw two men being arrested and driven away.
The raids were completed by 9:30 a.m.
In Operation Ceasefire, people known to be involved in violent crimes are offered ways to change their lifestyles by police and numerous social, educational and other outlets. Capt. Ersie Joyner III, commander of the Ceasefire unit, said it is emphasized to those contacted that whether or not they take the services offered, they must stop being involved in violence. If they don't "they will be held accountable, including the possibility of arrest and prosecution," Joyner said.
Homeland Security was involved in the operations.
Watson said the joint operation "is part of the continued commitment of OPD and FBI to address violent crime in the City of Oakland and to make our communities safe."