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DOZEN ARRESTED IN GANG SWEEP CRACKDOWN CONTINUES AGAINST DRUG SALES.

Byline: Charles F. Bostwick Staff Writer

LANCASTER - Twelve people were arrested Tuesday at duplexes and apartment units where sheriff's deputies say gang members were selling drugs.

Coming on top of 15 arrests over the past two weeks, the arrests are part of a crackdown on gangs that have concentrated in neighborhoods to sell drugs, deputies said.

``We identified certain gang sets that had taken over areas,'' said Sgt. Steve Sylvies, who leads Lancaster's LAN-CAP unit that concentrates on crime in rental housing. ``This is something we haven't had a problem with in Lancaster and the Antelope Valley before. Before, the gangs weren't claiming territory. We're trying to disperse them and not allow them to get rooted into the area.''

Lancaster Community Appreciation Program and Target Oriented Policing deputies, plus 40 other deputies from Palmdale and from gang and narcotics units, on Tuesday served eight search warrants at apartments in the 44100 block of Engle Way and duplexes in the 45400 blocks of Cedar and Corkwood avenues.

All the homes searched Tuesday were occupied by people connected to each other by family and gang ties, Sylvies said.

Ten people were arrested on suspicion of felony offenses, including possession of rock cocaine and marijuana for sale, possession of illegal sawed-off shotguns, and possession of firearms by felons. Two people were arrested on suspicion of misdemeanors.

Four guns were confiscated and four pit bull dogs were taken away by animal control officers, deputies said. Three children were taken into protective custody because their guardians were arrested.

During the first week of November, eight people were arrested on narcotics charges during searches at six apartments in the 1300 blocks of West Avenues J-2 and J-3. One of the searches was at an apartment building outside of which a convicted drug dealer, paroled from prison a week earlier, was found shot to death Oct. 13.

Seven people were arrested last week during searches at two apartments in the 44300 block of Beech Avenue, where deputies said they found marijuana, methamphetamine and rock cocaine, plus three shotguns.

Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742

chuck.bostwick(at)dailynews.com
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