Police sweep yields 39 arrests

Police reported 39 arrests last week following a multi-agency check of approximately 60 residences within the city of Ridgecrest and the surrounding areas of Buttermilk Acres and Inyokern.

On Feb. 11 the Ridgecrest Police Department conducted compliance checks on individuals listed as being on active parole, probation or post-release community supervision). Several of the subjects had active warrants for their arrest.

“The primary goal of the check was to deter criminal activity in Indian Wells Valley,” reported RPD Detective Ryan Sloan. “The operation comprised approximately 85 law enforcement officers.”

In addition to the Ridgecrest Police Department, 18 agencies participated in the operation, including the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Kern County Probation, Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Department of Fish and Game, Tehachapi Police Department, Arvin Police Department, California City Police Department, Bear Valley Police Department, Taft Police Department, Delano Police Department, State Parole and U.S. marshals.

More participating agencies were the Bishop Police Department, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, California Highway Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Bureau of Land Management and Department of Alcohol Beverage Control. The Ridgecrest Police Department’s PACT volunteers also assisted in the operation by providing logistic support.

The vast majority of those arrested for parole violation had been initially arrested for being in possession or under the influence of a controlled substance.

All those arrested were subsequently transported to the Kern County Jail where they were booked.

The Ridgecrest Police Department would like to thank all of the agencies involved for their assistance in this operation.

Story First Published: 2013-02-20