LANCASTER/PALMDALE –Several GPS-monitored sex offenders, who tested positive for drugs last week, were rounded up and arrested Tuesday morning, authorities said.
“We arrested six in Lancaster and one in Palmdale,” said Larry Dorsey, Supervisor at the Antelope Valley Parole Office. “We subsequently booked them into the Lancaster Station for violation of parole.”
Dorsey said the seven sex offenders arrested Tuesday are part of more than two dozen parolees who failed random drug testing last week.
The drug tests were administered when parole agents called the area’s 186 GPS-monitored sex offenders into the Antelope Valley Parole Office for a “profile meeting,” Dorsey said.
“We took new photos and put them into the computer, we checked their GPS ankle bracelet to ensure that the equipment was working properly, and we tested them [for drugs],” Dorsey said. “As a result of that test, we had approximately 27 test positive for either methamphetamine, cocaine or marijuana.”
Around 9 a.m. Tuesday, parole agents, assisted by Lancaster Station’s Target Oriented Policing (TOP) team, tracked parole violators by their ankle bracelets, rounded them into a sheriff’s van, and booked them at the Lancaster Station, Dorsey said.
Dorsey said the arrests will continue until about half of the 27, who tested positive for drugs, are in custody. The others may be ordered to attend the AV Parole Office’s 20-day drug rehabilitation program, Dorsey said.
“We basically do this to keep these guys on their toes…” Dorsey said. “We just like to let them know that we’re out there.”