June 29, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- Deputies from the Santee Community Policing and Problem Solving Unit (C.O.P.P.S.), Santee Detectives, and Officers from the San Diego Probation Department conducted "Operation Overwatch" in Santee, Lakeside, and Unincorporated El Cajon at 6 a.m. on June 27. The purpose was to conduct compliance checks on subjects who were released early from custody under Assembly Bill 109, also known as the "Public Safety Realignment Act."
A total of 19 residences were visited by deputies and officers. Seven subjects were arrested and placed back into local custody. Four of these subjects were taken into custody for violations of their conditions of release. Three suspects were arrested on new charges ranging from possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and hypodermic syringes, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and child endangerment.
A total of approximately nine grams of methamphetamine was seized, approximately one pound of marijuana, anabolic steroids, prescription medication, hypodermic syringes and a stolen motorcycle, which was located in the residence of one of the suspects. Two children were taken into protective custody and placed at the Polinsky Center. This collaborative effort is an example of the team work between the Sheriff's Department and Probation Department that will continue.