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TUSTIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
OFFICERS OF THE MONTH
November 2015
Police Officer Shonn Rojas

Officer Rojas identified the newly built Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites as an area with an increase in police-related activity in and around the hotels. He met with Marriott corporate security personnel and on-site management, which resulted in the installation of video surveillance in the parking lots. Officer Rojas continued his ownership of his CTO project by planning, coordinating, and executing a crime suppression operation on October 8, 2015, with the assistance of several members of Squad 4. 

During the operation, a suspicious vehicle attempting to leave the parking lot was stopped. The vehicle had been reported stolen over a year ago. The female driver was arrested, and she immediately gave officers information about a large amount of methamphetamine inside one of the hotel rooms. She provided text message conversations regarding pending drug deals. The room was registered to the suspected drug dealer who was out on bail for gun and drug possession. The female driver was arrested and released on her own recognizance. 

Then a verbal argument ensued with the suspected dealer and the female subject, resulting in several 9-1-1 calls for service. Officers gained entry into the room, and they located methamphetamine, heroin, drug paraphernalia, and two stun guns. It was later determined the suspected drug dealer, a convicted felon, had ties to a local chop shop and a drug trafficking cartel. 

The overall operation resulted in five felony arrests, and one misdemeanor arrest; Officers seized 19 grams of methamphetamine, .50 grams of heroin, various drug paraphernalia, one Shuriken, and one stolen vehicle was recovered. This was arguably the most successful 12-hour undercover operation in recent years due to the excellent planning and execution by Officer Rojas and Squad 4. 

Shonn’s actions as a CTAPS Crime Trend Officer have been exemplary and represent what the Department strives for every day. Officer Rojas has taken sincere, professional ownership of his long-term CTAPS project, and for this, he has been selected as the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Officer of the Month Award for November 2015. He was also the June 2015 Officer of the Month for his CTAPS work at the same location. Congratulations Officer Rojas. 

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