17 Arrested in East County Probation Sweep

By Monica Garske
|  Friday, Feb 21, 2014  |  Updated 8:36 PM PDT
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17 Arrested in East County Probation Sweep

San Diego County Sheriff's Department

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Law enforcement officials arrested 17 people in a probation sweep across neighborhoods in San Diego’s East County.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the sweep – part of the county’s Regional Realignment Response Group – took place from 6 a.m. through 3 p.m. in Santee, Lakeside and El Cajon. Officers and deputies visited probationers to make sure they were following conditions of their release.

Not everyone passed the check-in.

Officials said a total of 17 people were arrested in the operation for a range of charges including being wanted on a warrant, probation violations, possession of a controlled substance, obstruction of justice and being under the influence of a controlled substance. The arrestees varied in age, from 20 to 52 years old.

Officials said the goal of a sweep like this is to track known offenders and their associates. Deputies can then trace that information to actual crimes and address safety issues in local communities.
 

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