BALDWIN PARK — Police arrested 16 people Thursday during a parole compliance sweep targeting offenders released early under the recent prison realignment.
Sixteen location within Baldwin Park were visited during the early-morning hours by a multi-agency task force comprised of Baldwin Park police, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Baldwin Park police Lt. David Reynoso said.
Officials visited the locations to ensure parolees, primarily those released from prison early under a recent plan to reduce the California prison population, are abiding by their release terms, the lieutnant said.
“The emphasis of this detail was to reduce gang-related activity in our community,” Reynoso said. “This detail also serves as a prevenative measure to improve the quality of life of the citizens of our community,.”
Police seized eight guns during the operation, he said. Arrested were: Jaime Salgado, 20, of Baldwin Park, on suspicion of possessing a dangerous weapon; Jeff Steven Drew, 24, of Baldwin Park, on suspicion of possessing drugs for sales; Julie Ann Marie Drew, 21, on suspicion of drug possessiom; Gilbert Samuel Pena, 22, on suspicicion of drug possession; David Alfred Kingsbury, 54, on suspicion of drug possession; Gregory Kingsbury, 30, on suspicion of drug possession; Edward Bestillos, 42, on suspicion of drug possession; Vincent Maldonado, 34, on suspicion of violating parole; Valerie Antress Villa, 23, on suspicion of drug possession; Ramona Guerra, 52, on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia; Paul Gonzalez, 35, on suspicion of drug possession; Anthony Guerra, 22, on suspicion of violating parole; Oscar Morales, 29, on suspicion of drug possession; Mario Sanchez, 34, on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm; Louis Lopez, 27, on suspicion of drug possession; and Carmelo Placeros, 55, on suspicion of drug possession.
All of those arrested Thursday are Baldwin Park residents, police added.