Investigators from law enforcement agencies in Tulare, Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Kern counties, including those from CDCR’s Division of Adult Parole Operations, meet on a regular basis to network, share information and develop ideas to solve or combat crime.

IMG_1794.JPGA recent meeting at the Bakersfield Parole Office included a roundtable discussion during which Parole Agent Miguel Vargas spoke about two Parolees at Large – Reynaldo Cardona and Antonio Gutierrez.

Within a few hours, a Kern County deputy probation officer had found Cardona, who was then taken into custody.

The next day, Antonio Gutierrez, whose picture was handed out at the meeting, was arrested.  Delano Police Department Detective Mike Strand, who attended the meeting, called the Bakersfield Parole Office to report the arrest.

IMG_1785.JPGIn another segment of the meeting, Lt. Orlando Ybarra from the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Corcoran spoke about about drug cartels and prison gangs.  He displayed gang paraphernalia and contraband taken from inmates. He told detectives and officers to be on the lookout for similar items during traffic stops and residence searches.

The agencies participating in the meetings include State Parole; Kern County Sheriff’s Department; Ventura County Sheriff’s  Department; Kern County Probation; Shafter Police Department; McFarland Police Department; Delano Police Department; Tulare County Sheriff’s Department; Tulare County Probation Department; California Highway Patrol; San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department; Visalia Police Department; Kings County Sheriff’s Department; Porterville Police Department; and Kern CATT (auto-theft task force).