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Anti-graffiti task force arrests 42 in L.A. County sweep

March 25, 2009 |  1:48 pm


A multi-agency task force arrested 42 alleged taggers across Los Angeles County today in an early morning sweep of probationers.

The anti-graffiti task force nabbed 23 probation violators and found 15 firearms as officers searched the homes of dozens of taggers on probation. "This eyesore of graffiti is something no one respects and desires," Sheriff Lee Baca said.

Among those detained was a tagger who uses the names Asko and Sloter and is believed responsible for vandalizing 88 buses, Baca said.

"This man has tagged more things than everyone else combined," Baca said.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Sheriff Lee Baca at news conference today. Credit: Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times