Three woman and two men were arrested Wednesday in a sweep by law enforcement officers in Santa Cruz County of people on probation for past property crimes, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
Sheriff’s deputies, joined by Santa Cruz police and the county’s Probation Department, conducted the sweep of 14 locations throughout the city and county starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Deputy Ryan Kennedy said.
The Sheriff’s Office had contacted the Probation Department’s Post Release Community Supervision unit to launch an organized sweep of 14 locations for those on probation who had a history of property crimes, Kennedy said.
The goal of the effort was to reduce property crimes in the county, Kennedy said.
The three women, Emily Duncan, Jennifer Peterson and Brook McLean, were arrested in the same location and each on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and heroin, Kennedy said.
Duncan was also arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property and Peterson on four outstanding arrest warrants, deputies said.
Duncan and Peterson were later arrested on suspicion of attempting to smuggle methamphetamine into the Santa Cruz County Jail after they were taken there for booking, according to Kennedy.
The two men, John Ekizian and Thomas Dohnke, were arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine.
Ekizian was also arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property and an outstanding warrant, and Dohnke on suspicion of having an illegal weapon and on an active arrest warrant, deputies said.
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