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Probation sweep nets 6 adults, 6 minors

Posted: December 23, 2009 5:49 p.m.
Updated: December 23, 2009 5:50 p.m.
Six adults and six minors were arrested Wednesday morning by deputies who swooped on 55 locations in the Santa Clarita Valley in search of probation violators.

Personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, including the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's Detective Bureau, city of Santa Clarita Sheriff's COBRA Unit and Community Interaction Teams (CIT), deputies from the county of Los Angeles Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) team conducted the search.

Partnering with the probation officers from the Los Angeles County Department of Probation, officials conducted probation compliance checks to find out which probationers were naughty or nice this past year.

The purpose of the operation was to make sure the probationers were in compliance with the terms and condition of their probation.

Two hours into the operation, the word apparently got out that law enforcement was out in force in the community and were conducting the compliance checks.

That didn't save one probationer, it was too late for him as he received a text message from a friend warning him that the "cops were out in force."

Unfortunately, the probationer received this text message after his residence had already been visited. He was in the booking area at the SCV Sheriff Station's jail when the text came in.

When the operation concluded, 12 naughty probationers had been arrested - six adults and six juveniles.

Five adult probationers were found in possession of methamphetamine, cocaine, and more than a pound of marijuana.

Another adult probationer was found to be in unlawful possession of prescription medication.

They were all booked at the SCV Sheriff's Station on felony drug charges. They are each being held without bail pending probation violation proceedings. Four juveniles were found to be in possession of marijuana and two were in possession of vandalism tools.

Deputies also recovered one firearm. In any operation of this magnitude deputies and probation officers are also operating under the the Los Angeles County Department of Probation DISARM program which aims at Developing Increased Safety through Arms Reduction Management.

In 2009, the SCV Sheriff's Station, in conjunction with other law enforcement entities, conducted nearly 60 probation and parole compliance operations at more than 500 locations.

The operations are part of the station's efforts to ensure that convicted criminals living in the valley are in compliance with the terms and conditions of their probation after release from jail.

"We don't slow down during the holidays and these guys know how proactive we are," said Captain La Berge of the SCV Sheriff's Station. "We will be out in force tonight protecting shoppers and the community at large!

"Stay safe, and happy holidays from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station."


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