Crime & Justice

San Gabriel Valley probation sweep sparked by deputy's wounding

Authorities hunting parole violators have visited dozens of homes in the San Gabriel Valley, targeting a gang believed involved in shooting and wounding a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy.

The department says 250 officers from county and local agencies checked on 81 reputed members of a Pasadena-based gang who were on parole or probation for crimes ranging from drug crimes to homicide.

About 15 people were arrested Thursday, and authorities say they seized marijuana and guns.

Authorities say the sweep follows a shooting that wounded a sheriff's deputy last year in Palmdale. A reputed gang member was convicted of attempted murder and was sentenced to 38 years to life in prison.

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