In what was billed as the largest operation, as counted by arrest warrants, in the history of the federal agency that oversees the nation’s gun laws, more than 75 people were arrested around the Bay Area, authorities said Thursday
Dubbed “Operation Cold Day,” a two-year long operation that encompassed parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties, the sting that started in the summer of 2015 resulted in a total of 115 arrest warrants, officials said.
The operation — a rare, collaborative effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies — targeted low and mid-level crimes, according to representatives of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which spearheaded the effort.
Investigators, including more than 1,000 law enforcement personnel who served or planned to serve the 115 arrest warrants, keyed in on crimes on the rise in Bay Area neighborhoods.
Despite the length of the operation and the resources available to authorities, only about 100 ounces of narcotics, including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine were recovered. Forty-eight stolen cars were recovered, as well as more than 90 firearms.