Nearly two dozen suspected criminal offenders were arrested Wednesday in a Riverside County sweep involving local, state and federal law enforcement personnel, who served warrants and conducted parole and compliance checks at numerous locations.
“Operation Pass Resolve” was led by the county’s Gang Impact Team and was the culmination of a 15-month effort to remove potential threats to public safety in Banning, Beaumont, Hemet, Menifee and portions of the Coachella Valley, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
“The primary focus of Operation Pass Resolve has been to reduce crime and violence while targeting organized crime, wanted felons and those trafficking weapons and drugs,” according to an agency statement.
The D.A.’s office noted that a few places in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties were targeted, as well.
Twenty-three individuals were taken into custody Wednesday, and six more were being actively sought, officials said.
The operation netted an arrest in Hemet, where the suspect, whose identity was not disclosed, was wanted on a felony warrant involving second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter charges stemming from a 2018 collision in which a motorcyclist was killed in Menifee, according to the D.A.’s office.
Since its inception last year, Operation Pass Resolve has led to a total 126 arrests and the seizure of 197 firearms, 71 pounds of methamphetamine, 55 pounds of cocaine, three pounds of heroin and 1,100 fentanyl pills, officials said.
Preceding Pass Resolve was Operation Valley Vigilance II in the Hemet and San Jacinto valleys.
The Gang Impact Team consists of D.A.’s personnel, U.S. Border Patrol agents, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation officers, as well as officers from multiple municipal police agencies countywide.