San Bernardino County, CA: Operation Desert Guardian arrested 376 suspects and seized dangerous weapons, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana.

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San Bernardino County, CA: Operation Desert Guardian arrested 376 suspects and seized dangerous weapons, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the towns of Apple Valley, California; Victorville, California; Hesperia, California; and Adelanto, California provided funding for Operation Desert Guardian.

San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Lovingood also allocated funds to support Desert Guardian for a total of 16 operations.

The budget allowed for eight deputies and one sergeant.

The Mission was to conduct criminal suppression operations and high visibility enforcement in the Victor Valley region during the summer months.

This was done with the goal in mind of making the residents of the Victor Valley feel safer by arresting criminals and conducting high profile patrol operations.

The High Desert area was the general target area.

Specifically, the towns of Apple Valley, California; Victorville, California; Hesperia, California; and Adelanto, California and the unincorporated areas covered by the Victor Valley Station.

Several divisions of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department participated in the operation; SMASH Narcotics, Desert Dispatch, and High Desert Detention Center Transportation Operation Desert Guardian began in Victorville, California on Friday, July 8th, 2016.

Criminal suppression operations continued on multiple Friday and Saturday nights, with its conclusion on Saturday, October 1st, 2016.

 

**** List of Operations: ****

** Victorville, California Operations: **

– 4 Desert Guardian Operations.

– 227 proactive contacts.

– 122 arrests. (36 Felony – 86 Misdemeanor)

– 11 gang cards documenting gang members.

– 4.328 ounces of methamphetamine seized.

– 6.6 ounces of marijuana seized.

– 40 ecstasy pills seized.

– A stolen vehicles recovered, suspect in custody.

– 3 dangerous weapons seized.

– 22 citations issued.

 

** Hesperia, California Operations: **

– 4 Desert Guardian Operations.

– 138 proactive contacts.

– 95 arrests. (36 Felony – 59 Misdemeanor).

– A total of 20 probationer/ parolee arrests.

– A.B.109 arrest made.

– 11 gang cards documenting gang members.

– 34.987 ounces of methamphetamine seized.

– 513lb .102 ounces of Marijuana seized along with 50 plants.

– A stolen vehicle recovered.

– 6 dangerous weapons seized.

– 3 search warrants served.

– A Honey Oil Extraction Lab.

– $8,161.00 in US Currency seized.

– 15 citations issued.

 

** Adelanto, California and Victor Valley, California Operations:

– 4 Desert Guardian Operations.

– 206 proactive contacts.

– 73 arrests. (18 Felony – 61 Misdemeanor)

– 13 probation searches.

– A.B.109 arrest made

– 4 gang cards documenting gang members.

– 3.103 ounces of marijuana seized.

– 24 ounces of Marijuana seized

– A stolen vehicle recovered.

– 2 dangerous weapons seized.

 

** Apple Valley, California Operations: **

– 4 Desert Guardian Operations.

– 147 proactive contacts.

– 86 arrests. (22 Felony – 64 Misdemeanor)

– 10 probation searches.

– 5 gang cards documenting gang members.

– 1.754 ounces of methamphetamine seized.

– 2.34 ounces of marijuana seized.

– 3 grams and .5 ounces of heroin seized.

– 60 schedule 2 pills seized.

– Stolen Yamaha Rhino recovered.

– 4 firearms seized.

– 5 dangerous weapons seized.

– 7 citations issued.

 

**** Grand Totals: ****

– 16 Desert Guardian Operations.

– 718 proactive contacts.

– 376 arrests (112 Felony – 652 Misdemeanor)

– 37 Probation/Parole arrests.

– 6 A.B. 109 arrests

– 31 gang cards

– 16 dangerous weapons seized.

– Approximately 44.172 ounces of methamphetamine seized.

– Approximately 0.105 ounces of cocaine seized.

– Approximately 515 pounds of marijuana seized.

– 51 citations issued.

 

According to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon, “We are very fortunate to have the support of the Board of Supervisors which, allows us to conduct these proactive enforcement operations. Sixteen dangerous weapons were seized, making the streets a little safer for residents. Public safety continues to be a priority for all of us.”

 

According to San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood, “I was glad to arrange special funding for these Desert Guardian Crime Operations, which ended with 376 arrests. So on behalf of High Desert residents, I want to thank Sheriff McMahon and his local Deputies for these outstanding results and for making our neighborhoods safer.”

 

** Press Release: **

https://local.nixle.com/alert/5762579/?sub_id=1651930

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