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.