The area was chosen based on input from the community indicating a recent rise in gang activity and narcotics sales, according to Palmdale Community Relations deputy Robbie Royster.
The operation was expected to continue into Thursday night. As of 7 p.m., three arrests had been made, Royster said.
- Desidario Rentaria was arrested for possessing a stun-gun, while on probation, and was also found to have a narcotics warrant for his arrest.
- Larry Grew was arrested for a $25,000 warrant.
- Tamera Garrett was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale.
Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiative coordinator Larry Gregg said the operation was a success, even though the weather was cold and windy.
“Like everyone else, even criminals want to get into a warm place when nights are like this,” Gregg stated. “Although only a few arrests have been made, we want the community to see that if they are willing to partner with us and share their concerns regarding their neighborhood, we will dedicate resources to their problems.”
Gregg further encouraged community members to get involved in the safety of their community by joining a neighborhood watch group, joining the Volunteer on Patrol Program, or reporting crime anonymously through Crime Stoppers.
Residents can provide this information directly to the Palmdale Station by calling 661-272-2400 or to the Lancaster Station by calling 661-948-8466. Residents may remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
Teams participating in Thursday’s saturation operation include the COPS Bureau, Safe Streets Bureau, Lancaster and Palmdale Stations.