Probation sweep ends in arrests of 39 people

tmiller@mercedsunstar.comJuly 27, 2013 

— A probation sweep conducted across Merced County resulted in 39 arrests Thursday, according to the Merced County Probation Department.

About 70 local and federal officers carried out 105 compliance checks on gang members under the supervision of the probation department, officers said.

Twenty-six arrests were made for violations of probation or parole, according to officers.

Five people were placed in "flash incarceration," which means each person serves three to five days in jail before being put back under supervision.

Officers said three arrests were made on new alleged violations.

Miranda Gonzalez, 21, of Merced was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of 27 grams of methamphetamine. Officers also confiscated $1,400 from her.

Jacob Castro, 30, of Winton was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of methamphetamine.

Javier Solano, 23, of Los Banos was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Anyone arrested for violation of probation or parole does not have the right to post bail, said Jeff Kettering, assistant chief of the probation department.

Officers said five others were arrested for outstanding bench warrants.

The sweep used officers from the probation department, Merced County Sheriff's Tactical and Reconnaissance Team, Merced Police Department's Gang Violence Suppression Unit, Livingston Police Department, Los Banos Police Department, Dos Palos Police Department and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, among others.

Reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 385-2453 or

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