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Gang sweep leads to 15 arrests

 

Fifteen people were arrested across Santa Clara County last week as part of a gang task force co-sponsored by the Mountain View Police Department. The task force has been a regular operation for about 20 years, teaming up various South Bay police agencies to check on known gang members.

About 90 law enforcement officer participated in the March 3 operation, including agents from the FBI. Bystanders in Mountain View reported seeing about a dozen FBI agents along the 400 block of N. Rengstorff, and they asked the Voice what was going on.

Nelson described it as a routine operation that's held about four times a year to ensure registered gang members are complying with their probation or parole terms. FBI officials have frequently participated in this task force as observers to learn how local law enforcement handles the job, she said.

The sight of federal law enforcement prompted some to question whether the gang sweep could be targeting individuals for deportation. Last month, Santa Cruz police officials claimed they were misled after coordinating a gang raid with officials from federal Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. That operation sparked a fierce public outcry after it was revealed 10 out of the 12 arrests were based on immigration violations, not criminal charges.

Nelson gave assurances that immigration status had no bearing on the March 3 operation in Santa Clara County.

"Nobody's been deported; nobody's been contacting ICE; nothing like that has happened," she said. "This operation was to make sure that everyone living in our town feels safe. It had nothing to do with people's legal status."

Mountain View Police could identify only five of the 15 individuals who were arrested. The other 10 arrests were made by other agencies, Nelson said.

Among those arrested were Jennifer Anthony, Sefra Jasemine Martinez. and Jesus Flores on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine pipes in violation of their parole and probation terms. Edward Charles Ponce was arrested for suspicion of being under the influence of heroin in violation of his parole. Manuel Dejon Wright was arrested for marijuana possession in violation of his parole.

The Sheriff's office could not immediately identify the other 10 arrested people.

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65 people like this
Posted by Taxpayer
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 16, 2017 at 2:45 pm

Why is it a bad thing if they were to be deported in accordance with our laws?


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Posted by Hope
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Hope is a registered user.

@taxpayer

Did you read this? "Nelson gave assurances that immigration status had no bearing on the March 3 operation in Santa Clara County"

Why even bring up immigration, I just assumed they were all citizens? Is someone hiding in your microwave?


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Posted by ICE ICE BABY
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 16, 2017 at 3:23 pm

Hopefully the good people of ICE are reading this and monitoring the Santa Clara County jail and Court Houses, thanks to the Voice for providing some names and context, though they probably already got all the info from the FBI. Make America Safe Again. All criminals here illegally should fear being brought to justice including deportation if applicable. What is wrong with that?


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Posted by Greg David
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 16, 2017 at 4:08 pm

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Why are they being apologetic about immigration status? If these gangbangers are here illegally, they need to be DEPORTED. They are criminals.

I'm growing very weary of local law enforcement being brow-beaten by PC progressive lawmakers into not enforcing laws.

If you are in the US illegally, you are not an "undocumented immigrant", you are a CRIMINAL.


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Posted by Sukwinder Dixit
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 17, 2017 at 7:11 am

I am having many thanks for the peoples to be doing the needful


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Posted by Don't be angry children
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 17, 2017 at 8:30 am

I think this is an issue that a lot of us, Liberal and Conservative, can get together on. Not all Libs or Cons, but a lot.

If people can stop calling each other names we might see the agreement by many on both sides...if you're mature enough to quit stereotyping 1/2 the country and calling them names.


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Posted by AntiTroll
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2017 at 8:29 am

@Greg David

"Why are they being apologetic about immigration status?" - because that are experts in local crime and policing, not typing in CAPS on the internet.


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