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AB 109 Sweep Nets 10 Arrests as “Operation Lemon Drop” Continues

San Diego County CA– The Rancho San Diego and Lemon Grove Sheriff’s Station, along with Officers with MTS continued “Operation Lemon Drop” in support of the Sheriff’s Operation Safe Communities. The multi-agency enforcement and probation compliance sweep occurred in the city of Lemon Grove and centered on the Main Street Trolley and San Altos Trolley stations.

Deputies and Officers from MTS conducted over 325 contacts to determine trolley fare compliance. From that, approximately 60 probationary searches and searches incident to arrest occurred. The goal was to identify and contact prolific offenders and their associates. Utilizing Information Led Policing,
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. This information and enforcement aided in determining when and where to devote resources to address safety issues in our neighborhoods.

Many of the arrestees fell into a category of realigned offenders.Realignment went into effect in 2011, in response to a federal court order for California to reduce overcrowding in its prisons. It shifts responsibility for non-violent criminals from the state to local level by sending some offenders to county jails instead of prisons. The Probation Department and State Parole are active partners with the Sheriff’s Department in the monitoring of the offenders in our communities.

The following is a recap of the operation:
Total Arrests:10
Felony: 5
Misdemeanor: 5
Field Interviews: 55
Trolley Citations: 31

It is the Sheriff’s Department’s goal to provide the highest quality public safety service in an effort to make San Diego the safest urban county in the nation.

Anyone with information about this case can call the Sheriff’s Department non-emergency line at (858)565-5200. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at (888)580-8477.