The California National Guard is stepping into San Francisco’s fentanyl crisis to stop the flow of fentanyl from reaching open-air drug markets and target “prominent poison peddlers,” the governor said Friday.
Mayor London Breed, National Guard Major General Matthew Beevers, District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, and San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott held a news conference Friday afternoon to release more details about the joint operation.
Beevers said, “I want to dispel a lot of rumors. This is not going to be boots on the ground.” The general explained that 14 members of the National Guard will provide intelligence analysis of drug cartels operating in and around San Francisco.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said the operation will be deployed in San Francisco starting May 1 with a focus on targeting fentanyl trafficking, disrupting supplies of the deadly drug, and holding operators of drug trafficking rings accountable.