Targeted effort nets 31 arrests

first_img(661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sheriff’s deputies from a special High Impact Team unit assigned to Lancaster from outside the Antelope Valley made 31 arrests last week in a targeted crime-fighting effort law enforcement officials say isn’t going away anytime soon. The targeted effort, which involved an unspecified number of HIT deputies, followed a March20-23 saturation patrol that saw 40 out-of-area deputies descend on central Lancaster in what law enforcement officials called a “saturation patrol.” HIT deputies seeking known gang members and others thought to be involved in criminal activity arrested 14 suspected felons and 17 suspected of misdemeanors in last week’s sweep, said Palmdale sheriff’s station Lt. Bobby Denham, who’s involved in coordinating the valleywide crime-fighting effort. Two known gang members were arrested in last week’s patrol, and eight others were cited, Denham said. In the two weeks since the HIT deputies were summoned to the Antelope Valley, they have made 132 arrests – 52 for felonies and 80 for misdemeanors – and issued 68 citations, Denham said. Last week’s patrol netted five arrests on felony narcotics charges, one for possession of illegal weapons and one for driving a stolen vehicle, Denham said. Denham said the ongoing effort will include Palmdale and surrounding unincorporated areas. “I think we’re sending a message to the criminals that the Antelope Valley is taking a stand and the Sheriff’s Department is taking a stand to reduce crime, and that it’s an ongoing effort,” Denham said. [email protected] last_img