Here's what the cops did to catch these nefarious profiteers: An undercover narcotics officer would approach someone selling drugs, make a purchase, and walk off with the loot in hand. Meanwhile, another team of officers nearby observed this transaction, and once completed, the team would move in on the dealer and make an arrest.
The operation was based near schools in the Bayview, Mission, and Tenderloin neighborhoods because, "there's always been a history" of drug-trafficking in these areas, Officer Carlos Manfredi told us.
District Attorney George Gascón, who, incidentally, really likes it when kids go to school,
helped police pull off this operation. He worked with the cops to make sure the
dealers "were prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," he said in a statement.
SFPD normally goes after drug dealers at the start of every new school year "to make sure that we stop the drug trafficking from occurring on or nearby schools," Manfredi said. "Kids can be influenced."