Twenty-four people were back in custody Friday following a multi-agency sweep through the East County that targeted probationers to see if they were in compliance with the terms of their release, authorities said.
Law enforcement personnel from several agencies contacted more than 600 people during the sweep, which took place in La Mesa, El Cajon and Santee from 2 to 10 p.m. Thursday, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Krugh.
Three of those arrested were taken into custody on suspicion of felony violations and the remaining 21 were facing misdemeanor charges, Krugh said in a statement.
“Many of the arrestees were realigned offenders,” he said without elaboration. Realigned offenders are those who were sent to local jails instead of state prisons, or released early, due to overcrowding after a federal court ordered the state of California to do so.
—City News Service
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