Dozens arrested in BCSO raid

Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz detailed results of Operation Clean Sweep

SAN ANTONIO - A targeted enforcement in the Glen neighborhood in Northeast Bexar County resulted in the arrest of 91 people, Sherif Amadeo Ortiz reported at a press conference Monday.

Operation: Clean Sweep took place from Sept. 5-7, with officials saying it led to the closure of 97 outstanding warrants.

About 30 officers from BCSO participated in the operation.

The raid was prompted by a meeting between County Commissioner Tommy Atkinson and Ortiz, where Ortiz said Atkinson asked for help in the struggling community.

“We wanted to do our part to make sure the law-abiding citizens in that area feel safe,” said Ortiz.

About $30,000 in stolen goods were recovered during the operation, including two vehicles. Three illegal firearms were also seized.

Ortiz said plans are in the works to follow up in the area with neighborhood improvement projects like removing abandoned cars from alleyways.

The raid comes 57 days before the November elections, in which Ortiz will face Republican challenger Susan Pamerleau in his re-election bid.

Pamerleau commended the raid Monday, but criticized Ortiz for not doing them enough.

“You have to have a process so that this is done on a regular basis with some real goals, while looking at outcomes to see how well we’re doing,” said Pamerleau, who retired as a Major General in the Air Force back in 2000.

She cited thousands of outstanding misdemeanor warrants, for crimes like car burglary and family violence, as the reason for an increased number of warrant round-up operations.

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