Ventura County – Proving once again that any criminal conviction has long term effects upon anyone who has served jail or prison time as a result of their Criminal Code violation, the Santa Paula Police Department celebrated the Halloween weekend with a classic “probation sweep” intended to enforce the compliance of named individuals with the terms of their release from incarceration.
According to SPPD Sgt. Cody Madison’s report to the media, officers from his department, with various search and arrest warrants in hand, performed a series of “compliance checks” of former inmates suspected of continued criminal conduct. As a result of these efforts, six folks—four of them documented gang members—are headed back to a world of orange jumpsuits and unsmiling hospitality staff:
Lisa Mata, 47, was arrested for possession of narcotics paraphernalia; Victor Sanchez, 43, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of narcotics paraphernalia; Richard Duenas, 34, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance; Anthony Duenas, 34, was arrested for failure to appear and possession of narcotics paraphernalia; Nathaniel Chavez, 38, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia; David Sellers, 66, was arrested for possession of obscene material. All were transported to Ventura County Jail for booking on those charges.
With little apparent awareness of the Law of Unintended Consequences and taking obvious pride in his department’s ability to continue waging the War on Drugs that may be responsible for such overcrowded conditions in California that they’ve caught the attention of the U.S. Supreme Court, SPPD Chief Steve McLean remarked to the press that “we’re sending a message that Santa Paula Police are doing our best to keep our community safe.”
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking
Santa Paula PD FB: Press release
Santa Paula Times: Police probation sweep results in six arrests