On Thursday, July 18, the Sheriff Department’s Parole Compliance Team and other local teams from the Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiatives (AVCFI) conducted numerous compliance checks of those released under AB-109, Governor Brown’s realignment of state incarcerated inmates released into local county jurisdictions.
A total of 13 area locations were searched, and half of the locations searched resulted in criminal arrests, according to Lieutenant Larry Gregg, AVCFI coordinator and incident commander for the operation. Those arrested include:
- Robert Vincent, 29, for possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a parole violation.
- Anthony McConnell, 27, for possession of heroin and methamphetamine for sales and a parole violation.
- Diana Ponce, 35, and Stewart Quinn,50, for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
- Isaiah Dunlap, 20, for possession of a firearm by a felon and a parole violation.
- Davis Flores, 28, for possession of drug paraphernalia and a parole violation.
- Marcela Loera, 27, for possession of heroin and methamphetamine for sales.
Teams involved in the operation included the Parole Compliance Team, who planned the operation, Lancaster Station’s LANCAP and Summer Enforcement Team, Palmdale’s Partner Against Crime team and two Community Oriented Policing Services Teams. Assisting in the searches were two Narcotic Canine units, one gun-detection canine unit, Probation department personnel and Multi-Agency Response Team (MART) officers. MART took four children into protective custody when Loera was arrested for possession of heroin and methamphetamine for sales.
“This operation was successful because of the hard work and dedication of the Parole Compliance personnel, including their crime analysts,” Gregg said in a news release. “Conducting these types of operations is important for the overall safety of the community.”
Gregg said it is important to conduct compliance checks on individuals released under various programs, including the Prisoner Realignment Bill because it “sets a standard for these individuals for their reintegration into society.” Lieutenant Gregg added, “The programs are available for those seeking help following their release through Work Source centers and other various educational and vocational assistance programs.”
He further stated, “Most troubling is the number of criminals associating with each other, once released from prison.” He said additional searches are planned to “ensure those returned to society through an early release program are complying with their terms and conditions.”
(Information via press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.)