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Valleywide raid nets a variety of arrests

Team of 40 law enforcement officers visits at least 30 locations in probation checks

Posted: December 16, 2010 10:11 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Gang members were arrested, guns were seized and marijuana confiscated in an early morning dragnet carried out across Santa Clarita Valley on Thursday.

A team of more than 40 law-enforcement officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in Santa Clarita and the Los Angeles County Probation Department raided at least 30 locations, Sgt. Kevin Blake said.

“There were 40 located targets, but there were 30 actual searches carried out,” he said.

Lt. Stephen Low, who heads the local detective bureau, led the team.

Deputies representing each specialized team in the bureau joined the valleywide gang probation check.

Participating detectives included those assigned to the anti-gang unit called COBRA, the robbery unit, burglary squad and “J Team,” which deals specifically with juveniles.

“Some of the people arrested were gang members,” Blake said. “There were some adults, some juveniles.”

Of the eight apprehended, five were arrested on new criminal charges, one on an outstanding warrant and two on probation violations.

The point of the valleywide raid was to make sure that people on probation were in compliance with the conditions of their probation, Blake said.

At one location, sheriff’s deputies found between 40 and 45 marijuana plants. They were seized.

The whole operation took about four hours, Blake said.

The operation required the joint cooperation of the Sheriff’s Department and Probation Department officers.

The COBRA team, made up of a sergeant and six deputies, is responsible for investigating all crimes perpetrated by juveniles in the city.

COBRA team detectives are also responsible for tracking any gang activity and gang-related crimes.

The unit works closely with local probation and parole officers, assisting them with probation and parole searches throughout the area.

No one was reportedly hurt in the operation.


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