About 70 parolees were arrested across Los Angeles County early Thursday morning in what was described as the largest “surprise” parole sweep ever, according to L.A. Now. But the majority of the 400 parolees who part of the sweep were not arrested, including a Highland Park gang member named Casper. Casper apparently did not lose too much sleep after being detained and questioned by officers, said L.A. Now:
A shirtless Highland Park gang member known as Casper yawned widely as he was cuffed and frisked, hunching his shoulders against the predawn chill. One of the 10 police officers swarming his home asked him about the tapestry of tattoos covering his body, as two chihuahua puppies gamboled around black boots. The young man was quickly cleared and went back to sleep.
Parole Agent Rick McKail said that Casper was attending school and “staying out of trouble.”
A Lincoln Heights gang member named Trucha was not so lucky, however. After officers search his home and discovered two ounces of pot and correspondence with a gang member in Pelican Bay prison, Trucha will be locked up for three months for violating parole.
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