PALMDALE – An AB-109 probationer suspected of selling marijuana out of an apartment, a GPS-monitored gang member who missed his curfew, and a paroled sex offender in possession of amputee porn were arrested during a Valley-wide parole compliance operation Thursday.
A team of six sheriff’s deputies, one probation officer and two parole agents descended on locations in Palmdale, Littlerock and Llano to see if GPS-monitored sex offenders were in compliance with their parole conditions, according to California State Adult Parole Operations Supervisor Larry Dorsey.
Dorsey said the team had computers in their vehicles that allowed them to track the sex-offenders while driving to the locations, which made the sweep a whole lot easier.
“If we see that they’re at another location or at another house, we will pop up at that other location just to see if there are any kids there,” Dorsey added.
The first location, an apartment complex in the 38600 Block of 11th Street East in Palmdale, was a last-minute add-on to the operation, Dorsey said.
William Collin, one of the 20 high-risk gang offenders monitored by GPS in the Antelope Valley, had recently missed his curfew, officials said. The team arrested Collin, 23, for violating his parole conditions and he was booked at the Palmdale Station.
At the second Palmdale location, the team searched for GPS-monitored sex offender Jose Sanchez, who had recently gone missing.
“His ankle bracelet went dead, so we put a warrant out for him and we haven’t been able to locate him since then,” Dorsey said. “We received information that he may have been at his last known address on record.”
The team searched an apartment in the 200 Block of East Avenue Q-10, but could not locate parolee Sanchez.
An AB-109 probationer at that residence was arrested, after deputies found several small packages of marijuana stuffed in a Lays Potato Chip container.
John Gonzales, 26, told deputies that the packaged marijuana was for his personal use, Dorsey said.
Gonzales was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales. Since Gonzales is an offender released to county probation for community supervision under AB-109, the probation officer on scene stepped in.
“The probation department is going to do what they call a flash incarceration, where they’re arresting him and he’s going to jail for 10 days,” Dorsey said. “They will go to court to see if they can get his AB-109 revoked… he also has the marijuana for sales charge pending with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.”
The new charge could extend Gonzales’ probation for one more year, Dorsey added.
The probation department could also petition the court to place Gonzales on a 180-day revocation, essentially sending him back into custody for 180 days, officials said.
The team visited two more locations before wrapping Thursday’s operation. A GPS-monitored sex offender at a trailer in Llano was complying with his parole terms, but a monitored sex offender in Littlerock was not.
“He was arrested for possession of pornography on his computer,” Dorsey said.
William London, 40, had several images of amputee porn on a laptop at his house, Dorsey said.
Two more locations were scheduled as part of the Thursday’s operation, but the team did not get to those locations because there wasn’t enough time.