MISSION BAY, Calif. – Investigators have busted an alleged methamphetamine trafficking operation at a sports facility, which hosts a summer youth program.
The multi-agency investigation landed the owner of Mission Bay Sportcenter behind bars. Jason Boone, 40, is charged with 15 counts including transportation, sale and possession of methamphetamine. Prosecutors said he was the operation ringleader.
The investigation, dubbed “Operation Boone’s Farm” involved the District Attorney’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, San Diego Police Department, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Homeland Security and the Maritime Task Force.
According to investigators, undercover law enforcement officers purchased a half pound of methamphetamine during the operation.
“It was a sophisticated use of the lockers at the Mission Bay Sportcenter,” said Jorge Del Portillo, Deputy District Attorney. “Where the drug couriers would be able to access those lockers and use it as a dead-drop, meaning they would drop in money or pick up meth from those lockers.”
The D.A.’s Office said investigators seized five pounds of meth, $48,000 in cash, heroin, marijuana and prescription pills. They also said a search of Boone’s home turned up a loaded handgun and said 1 ½ pounds of meth was seized from his car.
Friday Boone pleaded not guilty before Judge David Szumowski. Alongside him in court were several other alleged drug dealers connected to the operation.
The District Attorney’s Office announced the defendants as: 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.
Macias and Gifford also both appeared in court, pleading not guilty. The others are expected to be arraigned as early as next week.
Portillo said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.
“There was going to be a kids camp starting on Monday,” said Portillo. “And agents decided to take down this investigation before the kids would start their camp on Monday.”
Friday an employee at the Mission Bay Sportcenter said the youth camps would go on as planned. The employee would not say anything else about the investigation.
“Operation Boone’s Farm” was launched in November 2012.