||June 11th, 2009|
Vista Collaborates With Sheriff’s Department on Sting Operation to Rid City of negative effects of Prostitution
City of Vista departments collaborated with the Vista Sheriff’s Department and numerous other government agencies to conduct a prostitution sting operation designed to show the city’s zero tolerance for prostitution and human trafficking.
In February 2009, the City became aware of an increase in the number of business licenses being sought for day spa and acupuncture establishments. Due to the unusually high increase in the numbers, the City notified the Sheriff’s Department. After a two month investigation, the Vista Sheriff’s unit identified nine businesses as potential locations of illegal prostitution activity.
On June 3rd, an undercover prostitution operation was conducted. This operation included members of the Sheriff’s Vista COPPS (Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving) Unit; Santee and San Marcos COPPS Units; US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); San Diego and Oceanside Police departments; the Department of Health and Safety; District Attorney’s Office, the City of Vista’s City Attorney’s office and Code Enforcement and Fire departments.
"Vista does not tolerate these crimes,” said City of Vista Mayor Morris Vance. “This sting operation gave us the chance to stop these criminal activities and eradicate the negative effects on the community.”
Vista City Attorney Darold Pieper said, “The City of Vista was also concerned with the potential for municipal code violations that may have taken place in the business establishments. We hope clearing the establishments of prostitution will help curb other crimes often associated with that trade, not only in Vista, but in the entire San Diego County.”
The results of the operation are pending based on the outcome of interviews with potential victims and suspects. For more information, contact Captain Tim Curran (Sheriff’s Vista Patrol Station) at 760.940.4559 or Andrea McCullough, City of Vista Communications Officer.
Making the “John List”
On Friday, June 5, 2009, the Escondido Police Department's Special Investigations Unit (SIU), in conjunction with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, conducted an undercover operation targeting "Johns." As a result of this detail, a total of nine adults were arrested.
The following is a list of all the subjects arrested during this operation. All were charged with solicitation of prostitution.
Gregory Lee Jenkins, 50, of Valley Center, Ca.
Alejandro De Jesus Lopez, 45, of Perris, Ca.
Brent Scott Simpson, 40, of San Marcos, Ca.
Homar Maqueda, 26, of Oceanside, Ca.
Daniel Northrup, 33, of Escondido, Ca.
Martin Nava Hernandez, 27, of Escondido, Ca.
Edward Ashton Barfield, 38, of Colfax, Ca.
Efrain Guadarama Arizmendi, 41 of Escondido, Ca.
Antonio Bareras Velasquez, 24, of Escondido, Ca.
All of the subjects arrested were transported to the Vista Detention Facility for processing. Additionally, detectives observed a female juvenile who was suspected of being a prostitute. Upon contact with her, the detectives learned she was a reported runaway. She was taken into custody and released to her mother.
EscondidoTraffic Checkpoint Nets 66 Vehicles Impounded
Sergeant Dana Ray of the Escondido Police Department reports that on June 6th, traffic officers from the Escondido Police Department conducted a DUI Sobriety / Drivers License Checkpoint at the intersection of Valley Parkway and Juniper Street from 6:00 PM until 12:15 AM. The emphasis of this checkpoint was to detect intoxicated and unlicensed drivers as well as to provide a highly visible operation to deter driving under the influence.
The following activity resulted from this checkpoint:
• 2,150 vehicles entered the checkpoint westbound on Valley Parkway
• 1,494 vehicles were screened in primary
• 113 vehicles sent to secondary (drivers who could not produce a drivers license or who were suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs)
• 8 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• 3 misdemeanor arrests were made
• 5 drivers attempted to avoid this checkpoint by making a U turn and driving the wrong way down Valley Parkway. Four of the five drivers were caught and all four drivers were found to be unlicensed
• 7 people were cited for having open containers of alcohol in their cars
• 11 field sobriety tests were administered
• 66 vehicles were impounded at this checkpoint, 10 drivers did not have auto insurance, 9 drivers had a suspended drivers license and 53 drivers did not have a drivers license
• 82 citations were issued at this checkpoint / saturation patrol
This checkpoint operated in conjunction with Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, and the North County Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Council.
Driving Out Hunger Gears Back Up
After successfully collecting more than 1,885 pounds of nonperishable food, local NAPA Auto Parts stores and NAPA AutoCare Repair Centers are extending their ‘Drive Out Hunger’ food drive campaign to the end of June in hopes of helping even more local families in need.
Drive Out Hunger, which benefits Interfaith Community Services, aims to unite the community and respond to the critical demand for food in a big way. Since the onset of the economic downturn, Interfaith Community Services has consistently experienced a 40 percent increase in families needing emergency food assistance.
“Community-wide food drives help Interfaith respond and reduce hunger in our local North County neighborhoods,” said Jerry Morgan, Interfaith Director of Basic Needs. “It’s incredibly encouraging to see corporate donors like NAPA step-up and help fight hunger, and in this fight, every can truly helps.”
NAPA employees and customers collected more than 1,885 pounds of nonperishable food during the month-long food drive in May, providing emergency groceries for families in need.
The Drive Out Hunger campaign has been extended, and will conclude on June 30. To participate in the food drive, individuals can drop-off nonperishable food items to any of the 32 participating NAPA Auto Parts stores or NAPA AutoCare Repair Centers. Family-friendly foods are in highest need, including peanut butter, canned tuna, cereal, dry pasta, canned fruits and vegetables, and juice.
For more information about the Drive Out Hunger campaign, contact Kimberly Deutsch of NAPA Auto Parts at (760) 752-1112 ext. 204.
Hidden Valley Kiwanis
Readers are invited to donate clothes, toys, sporting goods, other items of value to the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Garage Sale to be held on Saturday, June 20th, from 7am-noon at 135 W. Mission, Escondido.
A large, secure container awaits your donation. Call Dave at 432 2095, or John at 747.0961 for container access. All donations will be sold as a fund raiser for the Admin Fund of the Hidden Valley Kiwanis Club of Escondido.
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