Parole, probation sweep yields 20 arrests

local@modbee.comAugust 28, 2013 

A group of local, state and federal law enforcement officials arrested 20 people last week in Ceres and Modesto as part of a probation and parole sweep, Ceres police announced Tuesday.

They were arrested on suspicion of committing various crimes, which included illegal gun possession, drug possession, cultivating marijuana, child endangerment and possession of a falsified identification card.

Some of the charges included violations of probation or parole. Ceres police said authorities in the sweep confiscated four guns, about five ounces of methamphetamine and more than 700 marijuana plants.

Ceres Police Chief Art de Werk said the sweep demonstrates the adverse affects of the state's prison realignment plan on public safety.

Those convicted of less serious and nonviolent felonies will be housed in county jails instead of prison, according to state Assembly Bill 109. Local law enforcement officials say the realignment plan has impacted jails and resulted in early releases.

"The teamwork of our allied law enforcement agencies in this instance represents exactly what needs to be done to combat the damaging consequences of AB109-realignment," de Werk said in a news release. "While only four of the arrestees were AB 109, that by itself refutes the statements of the state officials who have shoved this down the throats of the good people of California."

Authorities conducted 42 probation and parole compliance checks on Aug. 20.

The agencies involved in the operation included Ceres police, Modesto police, the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, the Stanislaus County Probation Department, the state Department of Motor Vehicles Investigators and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The following people were arrested:

• Edgar Alvarez, 20, of Modesto — illegal possession of a gun.

• Joshua Maciya, 35, of Modesto — illegal possession of a gun.

• Luis Lopez, 21, of Modesto — arrest warrant.

• Joseph Womack, 45, of Modesto — parole violation.

• Cindy Betorina, 49, of Modesto — possession of meth, possession of meth for sales, illegal possession of a gun, illegal possession of ammunition.

• Joseph Vasquez, 26, of Modesto — cultivating marijuana, child endangerment, probation violation.

• Wilma Montalbo 48, of Modesto — possession of meth, possession of meth for sales.

• Blanca Campozano, 26, of Modesto — cultivating marijuana, child endangerment and probation violation.

• Salvador Martinez, 22, of Modesto — cultivating marijuana and suspicion of entering the country illegally.

• Robert Lopez, 25, of Modesto — illegal possession of a gun, illegal possession of ammunition.

• Miguel Arevalo-Baeza, 19, of Modesto — arrest warrant, suspicion of entering the country illegally.

• Carlos Rivera, 40, of Patterson — arrest warrant.

• Liza Ramirez, 36, of Patterson — probation violation (AB 109).

• Regina Lujan, 36, of Modesto — probation violation (AB 109).

• Anthony Vella, 36, of Modesto — arrest warrant.

• Julian Ornales, 37, of Modesto — cultivating marijuana, selling marijuana, possession of an opiate.

• Robert Farish, 25, of Modesto — probation violation (AB 109).

• Parmpal Johal, 25, of Modesto — probation violation (AB 109).

• Alfonso Vargas, 31, of Modesto — possession of a falsified identification card.

• Sabrina Vargas, 34, of Modesto — possession of methamphetamine, arrest warrant.

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