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Eight arrested in Brawley during compliance check

April 25, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The Imperial Valley Street Interdiction Team joined the Imperial County Narcotic Task Force and police officers here to make eight arrests during a probation check Tuesday.

A press release from the SIT team stated SIT and NTF agents and Brawley police officers conducted compliance checks and probation searches at the homes of several subjects on active probation.

Agents also responded to citizen complaints from the county's Crime Stoppers tip phone line.

The targets of Tuesday night's drug sweep were mainly subjects on drug probation who were suspected of still being involved in illegal drug and other criminal activity, stated the press release.


Those arrested were Rudy Hernandez, 36, for possession of heroin; Melissa Batt, 19, for possession of heroin; Manuel Solarez, 46, for being under the influence of a narcotic; Juan Estrada, 52, for a drug warrant; and Kendrick Kramer, 21, and Abraham Barraza, 21, who were both cited and released for possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana. Two other men were arrested but information was not available on those two this morning.

"Tuesday's drug sweep was in response to recent citizen complaints by Brawley residents of the increase of illegal drug activity in their neighborhoods," said Tony Lain, SIT task force commander.

"Agents from the NTF have been doing these types of drug sweeps for years because it works. The main purpose of this type of enforcement operation is to respond to the needs of citizens and to also send a message to illegal drug users," he said.

"This summer the NTF and the SIT unit will join forces more often and conduct more drug sweeps in different neighborhoods throughout Imperial County," said Lain.

To report any suspected illegal drug activity, contact Crime Stoppers at 339-6333. Callers may remain anonymous and may receive a cash reward.

>>Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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