Some 47 people were arrested Friday when several law enforcement agencies teamed up to crack down on local gang members, authorities said.
“This has been one of the most successful gang sweeps ever conducted by the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force,” said Sgt. Matt Hess, commander of the Hemet-San Jacinto Gang Task Force.
Of those 47 arrested, 21 were arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs, weapons, and stolen property, Hess said in a news release. Others were arrested in connection with outstanding felony warrants, and on suspicion of parole and probation violations, Hess said.
These arrests were made during an eight-hour operation Friday that employed some 70 members of law enforcement including members from all eight teams of the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, the San Jacinto and Hemet police departments, California Highway Patrol, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Hess said.
“This operation is an example of how the collective efforts of law enforcement can be used to impact a community,” said Hemet Police Chief Dave Brown. “The task-force model works and we are committed to the on-going efforts of the Gang Task Force.”