My fellow San Franciscans,
Last week, I joined Governor Gavin Newsom, District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, Police Chief Bill Scott, and state agency public safety partners to announce the formation of a new joint law enforcement task force to investigate opioid-linked deaths and poisonings in San Francisco. The new task force is expected to be fully operational by early next year.?
The new task force will include personnel from the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office (SFDA), the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and the California National Guard (CalGuard). The task force will investigate opioid deaths in San Francisco similar to homicide cases, and employ standard operating procedures to document deaths, gather relevant evidence, and process intelligence to further map out the supply of fentanyl and large crime syndicates, and hold drug traffickers accountable.??
San Francisco has seen an alarming rise in fentanyl-linked deaths. This year alone in the Tenderloin, SFPD has seized 107 kilos of fentanyl and made 776 arrests for sale of narcotics. SFPD has targeted the area through a multi-agency collaboration that includes the SFDA, CHP, the California Department of Justice, and CalGuard.??
Through investigative efforts, evidence gathering, and data analysis, the task force will seek to identify and disrupt opioid distribution networks in San Francisco that are responsible for fatal overdoses and poisonings. Similar efforts have proven successful in other cities, including San Diego and Fresno, where CalGuard analysts contribute support to opioid-linked death investigations.??
The operation builds on the Governor’s Master Plan for Tackling the Fentanyl and Opioid Crisis, which includes an expansion of CalGuard-supported operations that last year led to a 594% increase in seized fentanyl and historic levels of funding — $1 billion statewide — to crack down on the crisis and assist those struggling with substance use. ?
Fentanyl is deadlier than any drug we’ve ever seen on our streets. We must treat the trafficking and sale of fentanyl more severely and people must be put on notice that pushing this drug could lead to homicide charges.
I want to thank Governor Newsom for continuing this support in San Francisco, and all of our state law enforcement agencies for working with us to hold those who sell this deadly drug accountable. This continued partnership between local, state, and federal enforcement agencies is making a difference.
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London N. Breed