Multi-agency op leads to 21 arrests in Fresno County

Multiple police agencies work together on two-day crackdown for parole, probation violations in local towns

By Darren Fraser
Published June 22, 2024  • 
9:00 am

FRESNO COUNTY – A two-day, multi-police agency operation that covered Kingsburg, Fowler, Parlier, Reedley and Orange Cove resulted in the arrest of 21 individuals and the recovery of three firearms.

Detective Sergeant Ramiro Garza of the Sanger Police Department said the operation began June 18 in Sanger and concluded in Reedley and Orange Cove on June 19.

The operation targeted individuals with parole and probation violations, gang members and individuals with active warrants. In addition to Sanger and Reedley, Parlier, Fowler, Kingsburg, Orange Cove and Dinuba police departments assisted with the operation, as did detectives from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office of Property Evidence, and a parole agent from the California Department of Corrections.

According to Garza, each operation lasted for eight hours. The Sanger Police Department led the operation. The first day in Sanger involved roughly 30 officers. The operation moved from Sanger to Kingsburg, Fowler and Parlier. Day two of the operation targeted individuals in Reedley and moved to Orange Cove. Garza said Reedley PD was the hosting agency for day two.

Garza said involving multiple police agencies meant a wider net was cast that could apprehend more individuals.

“We were able to target multiple locations other than one,” Garza said. “It was just a random check of people on parole or probation.”

Garza said he was happy with the results of the operation but said it is always difficult to orchestrate the logistics.

“It’s pretty tough, because everybody is busy, everybody has caseloads,” he said.

On its Facebook page, regarding day one, the Sanger Police Department wrote, “During the nine-hour operation, our dedicated officers made nine arrests within the City of Sanger and confiscated one firearm. Additionally, officers made five more arrests in neighboring cities, reinforcing our commitment to regional safety.”

On its Facebook page, the Reedley Police Department wrote, “We are pleased to announce the successful completion of a significant multi-agency operation in Reedley, focusing on individuals on probation, parole, gang members and those with active warrants. This operation was a testament to the power of collaboration and the dedication of various law enforcement agencies to maintain public safety in our community.”

Darren Fraser