Avenal, Pleasant Valley SP Crisis Response Team work with Fresno gang sweep

By Lt. Mike Tuntakit, AA/Public Information Officer
Avenal State Prison

A CRT member holds a suspect during a recent anti-gang sweep in Fresno County.

A CRT member holds a suspect during a recent anti-gang sweep in Fresno County. Courtesy photo.

Multiple suspected gang members and violent offenders are off the streets after a sweep across Fresno County.

On July 18, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Avenal State Prison/Pleasant Valley State Prison Crisis Response Team joined the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC) to target rural areas overnight, including parts of Orange Cove, Reedley, Parlier, Selma and Kingsburg.

The MAGEC team checked on many people on probation and parole to make sure they were not violating any laws.

During the sweep, 15 people were arrested on felony charges and 16 others for misdemeanors.

“(Now) they can’t commit the gang crimes, the shootings, the stabbings, the witness intimidation. So whether it’s a weekend, and he gets out on Monday, that’s two or three days he can’t go out and victimize the citizens of Fresno County,” Fresno County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve McComas told ABC 30 Action News.

Also during the sweep, the MAGEC team members seized a multitude of drugs and weapons, including a rocket launcher. This was the second gang operation of the year and there will be more, according to officials.

CDCR’s ASP/PVSP Crisis Response Team is dedicated to keeping the public safe, said organizers.

A rocket launcher was seized during the anti-gang sweep.

A rocket launcher was seized during the anti-gang sweep.