15 arrested in San Gabriel Valley gang sweep
Authorities seized marijuana, three guns and ammunition from members of the Pasadena Denver Lane Bloods, known for drug trafficking and firearms offenses. Two children were taken into protective custody by the county Department of Children and Family Services.
A total of 250 officers, agents and deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Pasadena Police Department and the FBI participated.
The operation managed by the Safe Streets Bureau was part of a strategy to decrease the number of burglaries in the Altadena area after police learned burglary was a source of income for the gang members.
"We want to eradicate the PDL gang and get these predators off the streets," said Altadena Sheriff's Station Capt. Steve McLean.
Officers searched 71 homes to make sure gang members were complying with terms of parole or probation, said Lt. Erik Ruble of the Sheriff's Department. A total of 23 probationers and parolees were found to be in violation after a search of homes in Pasadena, Altadena, Los Angeles, Monrovia, Arcadia and Temple City.
The team's first targeted person, Stephanie Price, a woman formerly arrested for burglary and is on probation, was not found at the address on Mountain View Street she had provided to authorities. Agents searched the home anyway because two people who live there were on parole. Nothing illegal was found.
In the 500 block of Vermont Street in Altadena, sheriff's deputies found Arnell Elder, 46, in his home. He was out of prison on parole for commercial burglary. Deputies found a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition in the back of his property.
Elder's wife, Beverly, 52, said, the gun did not belong to either of them.
"We allowed a neighbor to store his stuff back there," she said. "I am outraged. I have nine grandkids, they play back there."
Her husband was arrested for violating his parole. Deputies also found a small amount of marijuana in the house.
Deputies searched a third house on the street but did not find the person they were looking for, Nathaniel Lee Jr., who had previously been arrested for carjacking. He is now out on parole. His mother told deputies her son was at work.
The shooting of a sheriff's deputy in Palmdale in July 2009 triggered a yearlong investigation that led to Thursday's sweep.
[Correction: A previous version of this post identified Altadena Sheriff's Station Capt. Steve McLean as Pasadena Police Captain Steve McLean.]
-- Johannes Boie in Altadena
Photo: Parolee Arnell Elder, 46, right, is detained in front of his Altadena home as his wife, Beverly Elder, 52, watches. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times