The operation was organized by the Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiative and spearheaded by the Partners Against Crime Team (PAC). The operation focused on 28 individuals in the Palmdale area who are currently on active probation or parole for theft-related crimes.
Deputies contacted the individuals to verify their residences, monitor their reintegration progress, and make sure they were not in possession of narcotics or weapons.
Of the 28 locations checked in Wednesday’s compliance operation:
- Five were arrested for misdemeanor warrants
- Six were arrested for felony crimes, including:
- Jose Ochoa, 32, male, felon in possession of tear gas
- Allen Silva, 31, male, probationer in possession of methamphetamine
- Anthony Smith, 28, male, parole violation
- Bernadette Young, 48, female, domestic violence warrant
- Ruth Baptiste, 44, female, possession of narcotic prescriptions not in her name
- Maurice Pikes, 43, male, sexual registrant not in compliance with address requirements
- Nine new probation warrants were placed into the system for violations discovered during the compliance checks.
The remaining locations were found to be in compliance with their terms of probation or parole.
Wednesday’s parole and probation compliance operation also involved the Santa Clarita COPS Team, Palmdale COPS Team, Lancaster COPS Team, North County CIT Team, and Lancaster TOP Team.
In following the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s mission to develop safer and more productive communities, the Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiative conducts random parole and probation compliance checks throughout the valley. The goal of the compliance checks is to monitor both the welfare and reintegration process of individuals released from the state and county penal systems into the communities.
Deputies take an active role in identifying individuals on parole and probation who are not complying with the terms of their early release program. Deputies also assist the individuals by offering community-based resources to aid them in becoming viable members of the community.
(Information via press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station.)