19 arrested in warrant sweep

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SAN DIEGO – Sheriff’s deputies arrested 19 people with outstanding misdemeanor or felony warrants Saturday during a sweep in southern San Diego and South County cities, sheriff’s officials said.

The sweep that started at 6 a.m. was focused on apprehending suspects with outstanding warrants for theft, alcohol or drug-related offenses, sheriff’s Sgt. Richard George said.

Deputies combed Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, National City and San Diego neighborhoods Otay Mesa, Nestor and San Ysidro as well as other areas in South County, George said.

One person with a felony warrant was arrested along with 18 who had warrants for misdemeanor offenses, George said.

George said the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department would continue its efforts in the apprehension of wanted subjects.

He urged those with outstanding warrants to turn themselves in at any sheriff’s court facility during business hours.

sheriffs-lightsThe sweep was funded by a grant aimed to reduce the number of deaths in drunken driving crashes, and by the Sheriff’s Warrant System Automation Trust Fund 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.

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