In an area such as the Imperial Valley, where agriculture plays the leading role in the economy, it is essential that law enforcement focus on curbing ag-related crimes.
The stealing of ag equipment, machinery, vehicles, livestock and crops may not seem as critical an issue as other types of crime, but those who would commit such crimes need to know they do not have a free hand, that law enforcement is watching and taking pro-active steps to stop such crimes. The Sheriff's Office has formed a rural crime task force and that investigative unit has conducted its first operation. The task force recently worked with a similar task force from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department to conduct an operation in the Imperial Valley.
The task force targeted commercial vehicles on Interstate 8 heading toward the Arizona state line and on county and state highways headed toward Mexico. Officers stopped commercial vehicles with vehicle code violations to see whether the vehicles were carrying stolen property.