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Twenty-nine parolees, probationers arrested in compliance sweep

September 13, 2012 |  4:45 pm

A multi-agency compliance sweep in the California City area earlier this week led to the arrest of 29 people on parole or probation, authorities said Thursday.

The operation took place on Wednesday and included deputies from the Lancaster, Palmdale and Altadena Sheriff's Department stations, who teamed up with their counterparts from the Kern County Sheriff's Office and officers from the California City Police Department to conduct the operation, officials said. Parole agents from the California Department of Corrections and personnel from the Department of Children and Family Services also participated. 

According to a written statement by Deputy Michael E. Rust of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Department station, the operation was conducted in the California City area because of the “overall increase” in the number of  parolees and probationers, who have moved from the Antelope Valley cities of Lancaster and Palmdale to California City. Authorities did not provide statistics.

“Due to limited resources, the California City Police Department has not been able to conduct routine compliance checks of these individuals,” Rust said. 

During Wednesday’s operation, authorities conducted checks of 47 locations, where they apprehended 29 people and seized two firearms and some narcotics, Rust said. Of the people who were arrested, 18 were on active parole or probation and two of the parolees were listed as being “at large,” Rust said. 

The operation was the second time that Lancaster station deputies have assisted the California City Police Department in a compliance check operation, Rust said. The first such sweep took place in January 2011 and resulted in 35 arrests.

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-- Ann M. Simmons in Santa Clarita

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