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Police: Second sweep was a success

Law enforcers arrest a dozen more parole, probation violators

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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:21 am, Tue Jun 12, 2012.

Foot chases, a meth lab and an assault rifle were all part of a second sweep law enforcement officials conducted Wednesday, nabbing over a dozen probation and parole violators in addition to the arrests made in last week's sweep.

The Lodi Police Department, along with the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department, the Stockton Police Department, San Joaquin County Probation Department, California Highway Patrol, Manteca Police Department, Galt Police Department, California State Parole, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Sacramento County Sheriff's Office, were tasked with visiting 295 locations in and around Lodi to check in with people known to be on probation or parole, to make sure they were following the law and staying away from crime.

However, not all were crime-free. Between roughly 2 p.m. and 10 p.m., more than 12 individuals were arrested for a variety of violations, including wearing gang colors, having drugs and running from police.

For example, according to police, Lodi resident Michael Garcia was arrested for wearing red — gang-related colors he was prohibited from wearing as part of his parole orders.

Officers also visited the home of Lodi resident Samuel Laing, in his mid-20s. Laing, who lives on the 1400 block of West Vine Street, was on probation for a DUI.

Officers said when they initially arrived at his home, he was not there. Instead, his roommate let officers in. Inside a baseball bag in Laing's room, officers said they found an assault rifle with ammunition as well as cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills.

It was not immediately known whether Laing had been arrested.

This is the second sweep in less than a week that has allowed law enforcement officials to crack down on crime in Lodi.

On Friday, the same collection of local and state officers arrested 18 individuals after visiting 140 properties.

Lodi police are hoping the sweeps will not only reduce the amount of crime in the city, but that they will keep people on probation and parole on their toes, staying in line with the law rather than breaking it.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 4:29 pm on Thu, May 24, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4310

    This is why "assault rifles" should be made legal in California. Except for the drugs, there would have been no reason to arrest this upstanding citizen.

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 9:51 am on Thu, May 24, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 469

    Keep up the good work- it's about time!



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