A valley-wide sweep of gang members and suspected gang members has led to 37 arrests in Hesperia in the first week of a month-long operation.

Operation Desert Heat brings together members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino County Probation and the California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation in an effort to suppress gang violence in the Victor Valley.

The first week of the operation ended Monday morning, and officials announced 275 arrests had been made between June 2 and June 8, 37 of them in Hesperia. In addition to the arrests, six vehicles in Hesperia were towed or impounded, 11 grams of methamphetamines were recovered and 14 grams of marijuana, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Arden Wiltshire.

"These stats are a great beginning for the overall operation," Sheriff Gary Penrod is quoted as saying in a release. "Hopefully the offenders will soon get the message that we are out in force and criminal activity will not be tolerated."

Operation Desert Heat covers Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Victorville and all of the unincorporated areas of the High Desert, including Lucerne Valley, Phelan and Oak Hills.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.