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Seven alleged members of drug-trafficking gangs were jailed Tuesday at the end of a yearlong multi-agency investigation.

A task force of local, state and federal agents made the arrests this morning while conducting searches in El Cajon and San Diego’s Mid-City and Normal Heights districts, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

During the undercover operation, agents seized several pounds of methamphetamine; 12 illegal guns, including numerous assault rifles; and nearly 4,000 rounds of ammunition, officials said.

Taken into custody on suspicion of various narcotics and gang offenses were 49-year-old David Douglas “Day-Day” Moore of El Cajon; and San Diego residents Arthur Lee “Bone” Bautista, 40; Christopher Eugene Cartwright, 49; Tony Chau, 45; Abraham Chavez 37; Tania Yameth Delgado, 29; and Jessie Leigh Ebbs, 25.

The defendants were charged in three criminal indictments filed Friday in U.S. District Court. They were scheduled to begin making initial court appearances Wednesday.

According to court documents, the investigation, dubbed “Operation Tic Toc,” revealed two networks of methamphetamine traffickers and distributors operating in San Diego.

Members of the groups had ties to various local street gangs, and some of them sought to trade and acquire firearms in furtherance of their drug trafficking, according to law enforcement authorities.

— City News Service

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