Deputies arrest 26 people in warrant sweep

SAN DIEGO – Sheriff’s deputies arrested 26 people with misdemeanor or felony warrants during sweeps Saturday in areas of North and East County and another suspected of of felony possession of a controlled substance, sheriff’s officials said.

The 6 a.m. sweeps were conducted by the sheriff’s department’s Court Services Bureau-Field Division and focused on the apprehension of suspects with outstanding misdemeanor and felony theft or drug-related warrants, sheriff’s officials said.

Sheriff’s deputies in Lemon Grove and in unincorporated areas of Spring Valley, La Mesa and El Cajon arrested 15 men and women with misdemeanor warrants and four wanted for felony violations, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Richard George.

Deputies arrested seven people with misdemeanor warrants in Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe, Sgt. Joel Wigand said.

Another person who was contacted during the sweep was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, he said.

The sweeps were funded by the Sheriff’s Warrant System Automation Trust Fund, which is made up of assessment fees collected from those who violated a written promise to appear in court or who otherwise failed to comply with a court order.

Sheriff’s officials urged those with an outstanding warrant for their arrest to turn themselves in at a court facility during business hours.

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