Law Enforcement Makes 53 Arrests During Probation Sweep at East County Trolley Stop

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Law enforcement officers made 53 arrests and caught nine probation violators during a probation compliance sweep of a busy trolley stop, officials announced today.

The multi-agency sweep occurred at the platform at 3443 Main St. in Lemon Grove and the surrounding area on Friday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Chris May said.

The platform serves passengers riding the Metropolitan Transport System's Orange Line trolley, which runs from Downtown San Diego to El Cajon.

During the check, enforcement officers made 3,330 contacts to determine trolley fare compliance which resulted in about 100 probation searches, May said. Officers made 22 felony arrests, 31 misdemeanor arrests, caught nine probation violators and issued 119 trolley citations.

"The goal was to identify and contact prolific offenders and their associates," May said. "Deputies and investigators looked at who was arrested and, when possible, they looked to see if the offenders are linked to known existing crime cases."

Sheriff's deputies worked with officers from MTS Trolley Enforcement, the San Diego County Probation Department and State Parole to conduct the sweep, dubbed "Operation Lemon Drop," as part of the sheriff's department's "Operation Safe Communities."

May said "many of the arrestees" were previously convicted non-violent offenders who were released to local level law enforcement agencies to reduce overcrowding at state prisons.

The information the deputies and officers compiled will aid the sheriff's department in determining when and where to devote resources to address safety issues in neighborhoods, May said.

—City News Service

jimellis1103 July 14, 2014 at 11:50 PM
I find it fascinating that a city/gov official can use trickery and deception, and the populace justifies it since they believe such antics will always protect the citizens. Such dishonorable behavior doesn't get anyone a bit disturbed?
jimellis1103 July 15, 2014 at 12:06 AM
People must not be privi to the tendency of the deceiving mind to gradually take over, to ultimately use their force in the most corruptible ways.
Jim Kenihan July 15, 2014 at 12:43 AM
Is the idea of ulterior motives exclusive to law enforcement? NO. Is there the opportunity for corruption and abuse in the process? Yes, but that is inherent with simply handing someone a badge and giving them arrest powers. I'm beginning to think you may have had a less than pleasureable experience with law enforcement at some point and carry a little too much of it with you. Police are allowed to lie cheat and steal to get information from you...you may as well accept that fact because the Supreme Court has.
jimellis1103 July 15, 2014 at 01:29 AM
No major run-ins with the police. And would like to keep it that way. If the police aren't accountable to something higher, like you and me, then we all start losing our community. If you have the courage, review what can come of a police state: http://www.policebrutality.info/


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