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Parole crackdown nets 12 arrests in Stanislaus County

POSTED June 4, 2010 7:30 p.m.

A sweep of parolees and probationers in Stanislaus County on Thursday resulted in the arrest of 12 individuals for violations ranging from narcotics to weapon possession.

The multi-agency operation primarily focused on the communities of Riverbank, Waterford and Oakdale, including the surrounding unincorporated county areas.

The goal of the operation was to contact as many probationers and parolees as possible to verify that they were complying with the terms of their release, said Stanislaus County Sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Andrew Winter.

Riverbank Detective Mark Copeland and Deputy Probation Officer Nil Saing spearheaded the operation and came up with a list of 122 people to be searched. In total, the operation completed 63 searches and made contact at 79 homes.

“We had a successful day,” Copeland said. “When you run out of time because you’ve simply made too many arrests that shows we’re making a difference.”    

Of the 12 arrests, three parolees were violated for narcotics and drug possession. Eight probationers were also violated for offenses ranging from failing to allow a search, to possession of methamphetamine. Two firearms were also located in possession by a convicted felon. The felon, Michael Woody, 33, Waterford, was arrested for violating his parole, as well as possessing the firearms and methamphetamine, Winter said.

The individuals arrested are: Avi Gorzier, 30, Riverbank – warrant arrest; Heather Murray, 18, Riverbank – resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia; Juan Hernandez, 34, Riverbank – felon in possession of ammo, parole violation;

Austin Leal, 36, Oakdale – parole violation; Tiffney Sumter, 37, Turlock – possession of methamphetamine; Randi Tyler, 18, Waterford – possession of methamphetamine for sales; Henry Telles, Jr., 24, Waterford – possession of methamphetamine for

sales; Robert Cole, 50, Waterford – probation violation; Jesus Aguilar, 30, Waterford – warrant arrest; Michael Woody, 33, Waterford – felon in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine, parole violation; Edward Brown, 37, Waterford – possession of methamphetamine, probation violation; and an unidentified juvenile, 17, Riverbank – juvenile probation warrant.

“It’s obvious that this operation could not have been conducted by any one agency,” Copeland said. “When we work together we show the criminals out there that we take crime seriously, and if you violate the terms of your probation, you will be violated.”

The agencies involved in the sweep were: Riverbank, Waterford, and Oakdale police departments; Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department; Stanislaus County Probation; California State Parole; Department of Motor Vehicles investigators; and Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

“Our job is and always will be to protect the public,” said Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson. “Even in these times of unprecedented declines in revenue, we can pool our resources together with other agencies to put together large scale operations such as this one.”

There are approximately 6,800 adults and 900 juveniles currently on formal probation in Stanislaus County. When an inmate is granted probation or parole they are given guidelines to follow while released and probation officers and parole agents are charged with monitoring these offenders and keeping them within their set guidelines.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.


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