A multi-agency gang sweep Saturday netted 31 arrests for a variety of offenses including drugs and parole and probation violations, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station officials said.


Much like the mini-sweeps following Operation Desert Heat of 2008, in this last operation Cpl. Stan Wijnhamer of the Hesperia station said they pooled resources and that the sweep did not require any extra funds from the city.


"We're in a budget crunch and we're doing these smaller sweeps to remind the gangbangers that we're here," Sgt. Linzy Savage of the Hesperia station said.


Of those arrests, 10 were for various felonies, 10 misdemeanors and 11 were taken in on arrest warrants, officials stated.


Hesperia deputies along with SMASH gang team and Crime Impact Team members took to the streets Saturday with multiple targets but also took the opportunity to do proactive patrols of city streets.


During one incident, members of CIT responded to a fight between a man and woman at a motel, officials said.


While conducting their investigation they learned the man involved was a parolee at large and that he'd been on the run for several years. Both him and the woman he was arguing with were arrested.


Authorities hope to continue to have similar operations in order to keep those on parole and probation in compliance with the terms of their release.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.