More than 20 people were arrested in an anti-gang sweep targeting suspects in the Hemet and San Jacinto valleys, authorities reported today.
Investigators with the Hemet-San Jacinto Gang Task Force conducted parole and probation checks on documented gang members and increased patrols in known gang hangouts during an operation that netted 22 arrests and led to the seizure of four guns and 20 grams of methamphetamine, according to Hemet police Sgt. Matt Hess.
He said suspects were arrested Wednesday in Hemet, San Jacinto and neighboring unincorporated communities. Around 30 law enforcement officers from various agencies throughout Riverside County took part.
"This is another great example of our well-established law enforcement partnerships," said Hemet police Chief Dave Brown. "We are committed to sharing resources and personnel for the greater good of the community. The gang task force model works and we will continue to make it miserable for gangs to operate in this valley."
This is the sixth year the task force has been active. Sheriff's Capt. Scott Collins, who heads the unit, said it has proven its worth.
"This type of regional law enforcement effort continues to take gang members off our streets and make our valley safer for everyone," Collins said.